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Northwest Native Celebration – Free Community Festival
May 15, 2016 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm

The 7th Annual Northwest Native Celebration highlights the vitality and resilience of Northwest Native artists and communities through contemporary and traditional Native culture and art. See visual and performance art, participate in hands-on activities, listen to spoken word and storytelling, get inspired with a runway fashion show, and connect with artists at the art market. Visitors are also welcome to view TAM’s exhibitions, including the special exhibition Edvard Munch and the Sea.

Cost: Free

Northwest Native Fashion Designers

We are pleased to announce the four chosen designers for the Northwest Native Fashion Show!

Hair and makeup provided by London’s


Collaborative Sculpture

All day in the TAM Studio

Inspired by Marie Watt’s iconic Blanket Stories sculpture, visitors will create a personalized piece to add to a collaborative sculpture that will grow and evolve throughout the day.

Books and Looks

See schedule below for times and topics

Native authors meet Native artists in this interactive storytime in the galleries. Join an engaging reading and discussion of a children’s book by a Native author, related to a work of contemporary Native art.

Schedule of Events

10:30 am – Blessing by the Puyallup Canoe Family

11:00 am – Books and Looks: Shi-shi-etko, Written by Nicola I. Campbell, Illustrated by Kim LaFave

12:00 pm – Spoken Word and Storytelling featuring Sara Ortiz, Nahaan, and more.

1:00 am – Books and Looks: Greet the Dawn: The Lakota Way, Written and Illustrated by S.D. Nelson

3:00 pm – Northwest Native Fashion Show

3:30 am – Books and Looks: Dragonfly Kites, Written by Tomson Highway, Illustrated by Julie Flett

Check back soon for additional scheduled events!

Northwest Native Celebration is generously supported by Tacoma Arts Commission and presented in partnership with Potlatch Fund.

Seasonal support provided by Artsfund.

Generous support provided by Brent and Connie McKinley.