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Lewis, Clark at Maryhill 200 years later

Activities commemorate anniversary

On April 22, 1806, the Corps of Discovery walked across the bluff where Maryhill Museum now sits.

The museum will commemorate the 200th anniversary of Lewis and Clark at Maryhill during the weekend of April 22 and 23.

The event will feature traditional arts, music and dance presentations by Native Americans from the same communities the Corps of Discovery met in 1805-06.

At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. both days, traditional drumming and dancing will be performed and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the public can meet Native Americans as they demonstrate traditional beadwork, basketry, leatherwork, and more as they share their rich culture in a tule mat longhouse constructed especially for the museum.

"Those people received us with great kindness..we got...a few pounded roots, fish and Acorns," explorer William Clark wrote in his journal.

Members of the Mid-Columbia Bands of the Yakama Nation have constructed a traditional longhouse of specially prepared poles and handwoven tule reed mats.

"It is very much like those Lewis & Clark saw along the river during the journey through the Columbia River Gorge," said Colleen Schafroth, executive director.

On Saturday at 1 p.m., Schafroth will lead a walk through the wildflower-covered meadows surrounding the museum to explore some of the plants Lewis & Clark documented on their journey through the Columbia River Gorge.

At 1 p.m., the White Salmon Community Youth Music Project will perform Lewis & Clark era tunes on their fiddles, similar in fashion to those Private Pierre Cruzatte played for the Corps of Discovery and Native Americans. The group will be dressed in period costumes.

At noon, on both days, interpretive talks will be given by Maryhill Museum docents in conjunction with the special exhibition, "Lewis & Clark at Maryhill."

Throughout the weekend, families are invited to explore Lewis & Clark using the activity guide, "Art Discovery: Lewis & Clark at Maryhill," and by participating in Lewis & Clark art activities for children in the EyeSEE Resource Room.

On Sunday at 1 p.m., the public can enjoy a lighthearted performance of "Lewis & Clark Meet the Pirates" by Actors in Action, a professional acting troop based in Portland, Ore., that specialize in interactive presentations that include members of the audience.

Funding for the commemoration was provided by the Yakama Tribal Council of the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation; Mid-Columbia Medical Center; Klickitat County; Mary Schlick; Francis Connolly; and the Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation.


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