Seattle – Burke Museum Event

This weekend you can attend 2 unique events in Seattle. Tonight is a special Native American music and story-telling concert sponsored by the University of Washington’s Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. Tomorrow is a Symposium about how the Native Americans were treated and personified when Seattle hosted the World’s Fair in 1909, as part of the city’s Centennial Retrospective and the Museum’s longer running exhibition.

___ The concert will be tonight, November 20, 2009 at 7:30 pm in Meany Hall on the University campus.

The Burke Museum presents Native American music, storytelling and dance featuring Little Big Band – a multi-tribal music ensemble, Swil Kanim – world-class Native American violinist, Gene Tagaban — Tlingit story-teller, Nicholas Galanin – Native American artist, Philip Charette – Yupiit Alaskan story-teller and flute player and others. The artists represent more than seven First Nations, and they will take the stage in a powerful presentation of the resurgent spirit in evidence throughout Northwest Native American communities today.

Their performances will combine deep resonances of traditional Native musical culture with the best of contemporary rock, rap, and jazz. The combination is evocative, upbeat and a total rebuke to anyone who believes their Native American cultures have faded away.

Yes, after 100 years the Native Americans have a very public venue where their “Indigenous Voices Reply”.

Tickets are available at the link below. Admission is $20 for general public, $10 for Burke Members, $5 for students. For more information call 206-616-6473. Tickets for Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: Our Native American Voices Respond Concert.

___ The current Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition exhibition at The Burke Museum is the reason for these two events. It runs until November 29, 2009.

As background, in 1909, the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (A-Y-P) celebrated the explosion of development in Washington State happening since the 1897 Yukon Gold Rush. It showcased the resources of the region.

Nearly four million visitors to the fair were exposed to seriously inaccurate and exploitive representations of indigenous cultures from around the Pacific, in ways that would be deemed abhorrent in 2009.

Back then, organizers of the A-Y-P did not have the same standards for cross-cultural understanding that prevail today. Indigenous communities were culturally exploited for entertainment and to promote Western capitalism across the Pacific.

The exhibition, A-Y-P: Indigenous Voices Reply, juxtaposes historic objects and photographs from the 1909 fair with contemporary artwork by 16 Native artists, including 2 relatives of Chief Seattle. This contact will help you to explore how the representation and understanding of indigenous people and cultures has changed or unfortunately has not changed over the past 100 years.

___ The Symposium tomorrow will be led by A-Y-P Exposition historian, Dr. Robert Rydell, PhD. and it will be held in Kane Hall, room 110. It is open to both the campus and the public. Admission is free. For more information: University of Washington A-Y-P Symposium.

For more information about The Burke Museum, which is located at the North-West corner of the University of Washington’s Seattle campus, please see the Seattle Links page, below.

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