Free family festival on Saturday, March 11
Free family festival on Saturday, March 11
Posted on 03/08/2017
Chief Leschi studentsOn Saturday, March 11, the Puyallup School District will partner with local Native American tribes to present A Gathering of Families: A Celebration of Indigenous Culture & Art.

A Gathering of Families will celebrate the spirit of Indigenous People with exhibits of Native American artifacts, native dancers, storytellers, and an art show of modern native artists.  

An opening ceremony will begin at noon with greetings from Puyallup Tribal Elder Connie McCloud. Students will then be featured from the Chief Leschi Drum and Dance Group led by Culture Teacher Teresa Harvey.

harvestStorytellers Harvest Moon (pictured left), Quinault; Tammy Woodrich, Nooksack; and Sondra Simone Segundo, Haida will share legends, stories, and song. Storytellers are scheduled as follows:

Segundo at 1:15 pm
Woodrich at 2:30 pm
Moon at 4:00 pm

In addition, the Haida Heritage Dance Group (pictured right) willhaida perform at 2 pm, and a group of Fancy dancers - Pow Wow dancers will show their talents at 3:15 pm.

Performances are designed for all families. Come learn about native culture through the arts.

Visitors will make crafts representing various Native American cultures including beading necklaces, weaving bookmarks, carving pictographs, painting petroglyphs, and making cattail mats.

Native artists will display their work at this festival. Artists include Makita Wilber, Peter Boome, Judy Bridges, Melissa Peterson, William Johnny, Vickie Era Pandretz, LaVerne Kearns, and Sondra Simone.

The Culture & Arts Family Festivals are offered for free in an effort to enhance cultural awareness and promote cultural competency.  

The Puyallup School District hopes to engage the community through creative educational programs offered at the Karshner Center for learners of all ages.  

We hope to see you on Saturday, March 11 beginning at noon for A Gathering of Families.