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American Indian viewpoints open at Maryhill on July 12

Special exhibition organized as part of Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commemoration

Maryhill Museum of Art will present Reflecting on Lewis & Clark: Contemporary American Indian Viewpoints from July 12 through November 15.

This special exhibition has been organized as part of The National Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commemoration.

Curated by Pat Courtney Gold, a member of the Wasco Nation of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Ore., this exhibit features contemporary artwork by nationally recognized American Indian artists who have created paintings, sculptures, prints and traditional artifacts that interpret and express their reflections and thoughts on both the original journey and on the commemoration of the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1803-06.

Maryhill Museum is a certified site on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. The Corps of Discovery stopped near the Museum's location on October 21, 1805 and walked across much of the Museum's 6000 acres during its return journey on April 22, 1806.

The exhibit features works created specifically for the exhibit by Vivian Adams (Yakama), B.K. Courtney (Wasco-Tlingit), Pat Courtney Gold (Wasco-Tlingit), Joe Feddersen (Colville), Tony Johnson (Chinook), Maynard White Owl Lavadour (Cayuse-Nez Perce), Ann McCormack (Nez Perce), Miles Miller (Yakama-Nez Perce), Lillian Pitt (Wasco-Yakama), Thelissa Red Hawk (Umatilla), Susanna Santos (Warm Springs), Chuck Williams (Cascades), and Liz Woody (Yakama-Warm Springs-Navajo).

On opening day, Sunday, July 12, tribal elders will be honored at a private preview. At 2 p.m. the exhibition will open to the public with a traditional Native American blessing, welcome remarks by Pat Courtney Gold, and a gallery walk with the artists. At 3 p.m., Native American flutist James Greeley will perform.

"The indigenous people of the Columbia River basin have lived in this area for more than 10,000 years. They have established languages, cultures, and communities. These Nations were here when the Corps of Discovery traveled through this area via the Columbia River," said Pat Courtney Gold.

"Fishing for salmon and the Trade-Gatherings were traditional occurrences. The Corps just missed the largest trade-market in October, 1805, but saw the hundreds of baskets containing the powdered salmon for trade. They did trade with the Native People," said Gold. "These indigenous people continue living their cultures and preserving their arts. The Native artists in this exhibit share their perspectives of the Lewis and Clark Expedition."

The exhibit presents a variety of approaches to creating art from the traditional, such as Pat Courtney Gold's "Them Who Greeted Lewis and Clark" basket and a carved wood mask in the Chinook style by Tony Johnson to contemporary sculptures like "Pease, Peese, Sinew" by Miles Miller and "Flow Between Mind and Earth" by Lillian Pitt.

Throughout the run of the exhibit, the museum is hosting a wide variety of programs for all ages. A complete listing can be found on its website at

Also on view is Discover Lewis & Clark At Maryhill. This exhibit features historic Native American objects from the Columbia River Gorge region that closely resemble those Lewis & Clark documented and collected while in the area.

Curated by noted authors Mary Schlick and Rex Ziak it focuses on the significant role the Columbia River and trade played in the daily lives of the local tribes.


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