Native Arts and Cultures Foundation gathered on Thursday, Sept. 27 to honor its 2018 National Artist Fellows. The honoring dinner followed a three-day convening, an annual tradition in which the foundation’s National Artist Fellows share and learn from one another, culminating in an evening of extraordinary performances. We are pleased to sponsor the event and were honored to be a part of it.
The incredible evening featured several hours of celebration and performances of award-winning native artists. One of the performances was a remarkable poem and remembrance by Oregon Poet Laureate Elizabeth Woody (Warm Springs), in honor of Dave Hatch (Siletz), who was a long-time activist and advocate for NACF and passed away in 2016. Musical performances included Grammy Award winner Kalani Pe’a (Native Hawaiian), Jeff Peterson, Cary Morin (Crow), and Allison Akootchook Warden (Iñupiaq, Native Village of Kaktovik). Native Hawaiian fiber artist Marques Hanalei Marzan (Native Hawaiian) conducted the closing prayer of the evening.
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