Come celebrate the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commemoration with the dedication of the next exhibit, "Chalclehlah and the Corridor of Commerce," at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum in Stevenson on Oct. 29 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
The exhibit provides a fascinating perspective of the expedition based on both archaeological and local Native American oral history. The unique approach taken by the museum focuses on the village of Clahclehlah visited by Lewis and Clark in both 1805 and 1806.
A comparison is made between the Journals and the archaeological evidence and ethnographic knowledge.
Expansion of the United States trading system was a key component of the Corps of Discovery. "Exploring that element of the Expedition at the nexus of one of the largest native trading centers is a fascinating approach," said MaryAnn Duncan-Cole, exhibit planning member.
As part of the festivities, Jan Michael Looking Wolf Reibach, a Native American flutist, will perform. Looking Wolf is a Kalapuya Tribal members who has five recordings that have been released nationally with three of them receiving national award recognition.
He instructs native flute history at Oregon State University and travels abroad performing with his band, the Rainbow Tribe Ensemble.
His style includes blending vintage guitars, ancient drums, traditional rattles, and a variety of native flutes with voice to produce heart-moving songs.
The Issaquah Chorale will add to the celebration through a musical and narrative exploration of this historical adventure. Under the direction of Linda Gingrich, the choir will present "The Journey of Lewis and Clark in Music." The narrative, provided by John Thomas, will consist of quotes from the Journals.
The program will conclude with an unveiling of the exhibit and light refreshments by Skamania Lodge.
Be sure to stay for the 3 p.m. lecture, a discussion of the condor breeding program at the Oregon Zoo. Shawn St. Michael, condor specialist, will be the speaker followed by Carol Craig, Yakama Nation Fish and Wildlife, who will explain the tribal culture along the Columbia River before the explorers arrived.
The exhibit was funded by a Lewis and Clark Interpretive Trail Grant through the State of Washington, Washington State Historical Society and the National Park Service. An additional grant was received from USDA Forest Service/Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
Other partners providing technical support were the Yakama Cultural Center and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Cultural Resources Oral Histories Program.
The exhibit was designed by Andre-Knowiton Associates of Victoria, B.C., and One Plus Two, Inc., of Portland, Ore.