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Last updated 7/12/2019 at Noon

Tlingit artist Margie Morris, seen here at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, hosts a free family workshop Saturday in Edmonds.

Cascadia Art Museum is holding one of its free family workshops this weekend, and it promises to be a unique, hands-on experience for all – children, parents, grandparents, and friends.

Tlingit artist Margie Morris will demonstrate and share the history of her Tlingit arts and tradition 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, July 13. During workshops, participants can try their hand at different art techniques and learn by seeing, hearing, and doing.

Cascadia works to preserve and promote Northwest art (primarily from 1860-1970) in all forms. It also seeks to highlight the art of women and minority artists from the region who made substantial contributions to the region’s cultural identity.

The workshop series is one of Cascadia’s efforts.

Morris, who grew up in Alaska, learned how to draw and paint on natural red cedar more than 30 years ago. She is now a local artist in Edmonds, and will lead participants through the process of preparing cedar as an art medium, as well as drawing images of salmon onto the cedar. Morris’s art includes form-line design, elk hide drums, dance robes, tunics, beading, carving, and weaving.

Participants in the workshop will also learn about the importance of salmon and cedar, as well as other Tlingit arts and traditions.

“The red cedar is used for weaving hats, baskets, carving canoes, paddles, and plaques, and has been important for us for a long time,” said Morris. “In the Pacific Northwest, the salmon has sustained us and our families for many generations and is a large part of our culture.”

Morris has exhibited at shows across Washington state, including Women on the Brink, Paramount Theatre Re:definition, Northwest Folklife Festival, Daybreak Star, Evergreen State College Longhouse, Duwamish Longhouse, Karshner Museum and at many Tlingit and Haida events.

Outside of Seattle, she has exhibited in Juneau, Alaska, at Celebration, in Anchorage at Alaska Federation of Natives, the Native film festival, and in Washington, D.C. at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

Morris focuses on the importance of learning more about our shared past.

“I am involved with these exhibitions and events to help remind people that Natives are not the past, we are still here and carrying on our traditional art.”

Other upcoming Family Workshops include:

  • Sept. 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 3D Computer Printing, David Voetmann and Chuck Loomis (from Edmonds Community College)
  • Oct. 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shadow Puppets for Halloween, Mike O'Day
  • December 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Christmas Cards, Mona Fairbanks.

Cascadia Art Museum is at Salish Crossing (190 Sunset in Edmonds) and is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. More information www.cascadiaartmuseum.org.


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