Monday, April 4, 2011

Holding Mother Earth Sacred Exhibit coming to Pacific Northwest

Image: Red Willow oil and gas company employees learn how to change out a filter on a natural gas pump. Photo copyright 2010: Earl Dotter

In partnership with the Mountains and Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC), the NWCOHS is pleased to help bring a very special exhibit to the Pacific Northwest, "Holding Mother Earth Sacred". The exhibit features the images of photojournalist Earl Dotter and the research of Cindy Becnel on the work of four Tribal communities in the US and Canada to advance energy resource development, job creation, and worker safety within their communities. The Tribal communities include the Southern Ute Indian Tribe in southwest Colorado, the Dine' (Navajo) communities in Arizona and New Mexico, the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, and the Wings of Change project in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Exhibit Dates

The exhibit will travel to several venues throughout the Northwest, a list of confirmed events is below:

April 8, 9, 10 - UW Spring Pow Wow, Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Ed Pavillion
April 11-16 - Duwamish Tribe Longhouse
April 20 - May 1 - NW Indian College
May 16-27 - UW Bothell - Center for University Studies & Programs
June 15 - August 15 - Squaxin Island Tribe Museum Library and Research Center

Additional Information & Resources

  • October 2010 "Synergist", American Industrial Hygiene Assocation (AIHA)

  • First Nations at UW Spring Pow Wow
    There was a great turnout and a lot of interest in the exhibit at the 40th Annual First Nations at UW Spring Pow Wow. Special thanks to First Nations at UW members Helen Fillmore, Autumn Thomas, Brittany Berrett for their help in preparing for the exhibit. Thanks to Ken Scott, Jessica Witenstein-Weaver, Steve Hecker, Susan Inman, and Chrissie Chang for set up and to Ken Scott, Steve Hecker, Rory Murphy, Janice Camp, and Paul Anderson for helping with break down.

    Duwamish Longhouse
    The exhibit at the Duwamish Longhouse coincided with their annual Earth Day celebrations that included the dedication of a new Canoe launch site near the Longhouse and a day of storytelling. Read more about the weekends events at the West Seattle Herald and the West Seattle Blog. Many thanks to Linda Dombrowski, Ken Scott, and Paul Anderson for assistance with setup and to Paul Anderson, Susan Hurst, and Michelle May for breakdown.

    Northwest Indian College
    The exhibit at Northwest Indian College also coincided with NWIC's Earth Day celebrations. Among many other activities scheduled for Earth week, Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga Nation and a Chief of the Onondaga Nation Council of Chiefs of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, the Haudenosaunee or "People of the Long House, presented a special lecture "Indigenous Views on Climate Change: Business as Usual is Over." The Holding Mother Earth Sacred exhibit can be seen in the background of the lower left image. Many thanks to Meghan McCormick, Ane Berrett, Trisha Lane, Eric Lewis, Jessica Ortez, and Charlotte Penn for assistance with the exhibit setup and take down.

    UW Bothell
    The exhibit was installed at the UW Bothell - Center for University Studies in conjunction with the UW Bothell Master of Arts in Policy Studies and Master of Arts in Cultural Studies. Thank you to Brittany Allyn, Annie Brelsford, Deanna Kennedy, Lukia Macaffree, Vy Nguyen, Lisa Olason, Lionel Garcia, and Ron Carnell for their assistance in setting up and taking down the exhibit. (Note: first image is of the sculpture, Ancestors, by Michael Dennis on the UW Bothell campus.)

    Squaxin Island Museum Library and Research Center
    The final stop for the Holding Mother Earth Sacred exhibit is at the Squaxin Island Museum Library and Research Center. Thank you to Herb and Sharon Johns, Ehra Francis, Ryan Mesa, Ruth Whitener, Tom and Mandy McCullough for helping with the exhibit set up!

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