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Hibulb Cultural Center highlights local tribal art in new exhibit

November 7, 2013 · 6:34 PM
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TULALIP — The Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve is proud to announce "Coast Salish Inheritance: Celebrating Artistic Innovation," a new temporary exhibit that features contemporary and traditional Coast Salish artwork from Tulalip tribal members. These works will include carving and weaving, as well as sculpture, painting, photography, drawing and other mixed media. This exhibit will open to the general public on Saturday, Nov. 16, starting at noon.

"Coast Salish Inheritance: Celebrating Artistic Innovation" provides a unique view into the world of contemporary and traditional art, as it is practiced today in the Tulalip community. The exhibit is intended to show how inheritance and innovation go hand in hand in the history of the Tulalip peoples, whose traditions, handed down by their ancestors from generation to generation, have survived for thousands of years, as each generation has assumed responsibility for teaching the cultural heritage of which they were once students themselves.

Whether they work in more traditional media, such as carving, painting and weaving, or whether they draw inspiration from non-traditional media, such as photography and video, Tulalip tribal artists are united by the inspiration of their shared teachings, values and culture.

In addition to art made by more than 20 Tulalip artists, "Coast Salish Inheritance: Celebrating Artistic Innovation" celebrates the teachers who have gone on before, by highlighting their work as part of the exhibition. The works of Stephanie Blackford, William Shelton, Lizzie Krise, Elsie Joseph, Viola Jones, Jerry Jones and Frank Madison will be on display.

This exhibit also includes artwork from Tulalip children and youth, and filmmaker and Tulalip tribal member Derek Jones has filmed interviews with tribal artists, which will likewise be part of the exhibit.

The Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve is located at 6410 23rd Ave. NE in Tulalip.

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