6th Annual Northwest Native Festival

In 2015, Asia Tail co-organized this festival with the Education Department at TAM, curating participating artists across festival programming. Tacoma Art Museum highlighted contemporary Native American artists during this free community festival. This event featured an art market, song, dance, music, a contemporary Native fashion show, and art activities for all ages.

www.tacomaartmuseum.org/event/6th-annual-northwest-native-celebration

 Courtesy of Tacoma Art Museum

Courtesy of Tacoma Art Museum

 
 Courtesy of Wendy Red Star

Courtesy of Wendy Red Star

Audience Interactive Experience with Wendy Red Star

Wendy Red Star, and 9-year-old Beatrice Red Star Fletcher, guided an interactive tour experience in the Haub Galleries of Western American Art at TAM. Visitors were asked to wear rose-colored glasses throughout the tour as they watched the artists humorously re-enact and speak about the Indigenous individuals portrayed in various paintings by non-Native artists. The mother and daughter team also shared insight on artworks created by contemporary Native artists including Crow Warrior Shield by Wendy's uncle Kevin Red Star (pictured above).

See more of Wendy Red Star's work at www.wendyredstar.com.

 Photograph by Timothy Aguero, courtesy of Ryan Feddersen

Photograph by Timothy Aguero, courtesy of Ryan Feddersen

Coyote Now by Ryan Feddersen

Ryan Feddersen created this hands-on art activity for Tacoma Art Museum studio during the 6th Annual Northwest Native Celebration. The project is an invitation to think about the trickster, Coyote, as an active player in  contemporary events.  The artwork explores Coyote’s role in the creation of the space needle, epic sinkholes, even the root cause of global warming, and sets the stage for the audience to create a few of their own as part of this large collaborative drawing & coloring installation.

Learn more at ryanfeddersen.com/projects.

 

Watch excerpts from Wendy and Beatrice's tour in the video below, starting at 5 minutes and 50 seconds in.