Saturday, 12 October 2013—4-7p.m At the Longhouse, 4705 West Marginal Way SW, Seattle, WA
The Duwamish Tribe in association with PoetsWest will host a program of poetry and storytelling by Native Americans. Other local tribes are invited to participate in this inaugural event. An open mic will follow featured readers for those who have poems dealing with the indigenous peoples. The program will be recorded for radio and TV.
Representatives from the Duwamish Tribe’s heritage group “Singing Feet” will share traditional Duwamish teachings through story and song. TilibSedeb (Singing-Feet), the Duwamish tribe’s language and culture group was recently honored as a recipient a 2012 Mayor’s Arts Awards from the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. In January 2009, the Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center was opened to promote and share the heritage of Chief Seattle’s Duwamish Tribe–Seattle’s First People and only native tribe. Duwamish tribal leadership continues unbroken since Chief Seattle. Cecile Hansen is the great, great, great, grand-niece of Chief Seattle and has served as the Chairwoman of the Duwamish Tribe for 37 years. The Longhouse provides a home for the Duwamish people and visible place to declare, “We are still here.” Like traditional potlatch houses, it is a gathering place to which the Duwamish can invite guests.
Is a talented and self-taught Native flutist creating his music not from notes, but from spirit within so each performance is unique and special. He plays a variety of native flutes and shares their stories as well as stories of his rich ethnic heritage. Listen to the sounds of eagle, running river, nature and spirit in the flute’s song.
Comes from a rich heritage of Cherokee, Miami, Irish and English ancestry and grew up among factory workers. He earned a teaching degree in English, Education and Sociology from Ball State University in 1969. Over the next thirty years he worked as a teacher, a carpenter, blues musician and freelance writer. He attended graduate school at the University of Arkansas, St. Edward’s University, East Texas State University and Indiana University. He won the Seattle’s Grand Slam in 1995. He has written three chapbooks, Nail and Other Hardworking Poems, Junkyard Dogz, Injunz and published an anthology Children Remember Their Fathers. His poetry, fiction and reviews have been published in numerous journals. Hubbard has recently served as vice president of the board of directors for the Washington Poets Association. He currently serves on the editorial staff of two magazines: Raven Chronicles and Cartier Street Review.
Philip Red Eagle
Philip H. Red Eagle is a born and raised Northwest writer, artist, metal smith and carver. He is the author of Red Earth: A Vietnam Warrior’s Journey; styled in mythical realism and now in 2nd Edition (saltpublishing.com). He is also the originator and a cofounder of The Raven Chronicles: A Journal of Art, Literature & The Spoken Word (1991-Present), currently based in Seattle. Philip is an “occasional poet” who, these days, spends most of his time working with Tribal Journeys, a cultural movement using the canoe as a vessel for cultural renewal.
J. Glenn Evans
Part Cherokee, native of Oklahoma, founder of PoetsWest and Activists for a Better World, hosts PoetsWest at KSER 90.7FM, a nationally-syndicated weekly radio show. Evans is author of a book of poetry, Window in the Sky, and three chapbooks, Buffalo Tracks, Deadly Mistress and Seattle Poems. Author of three novels, Broker Jim, Zeke’s Revenge and Wayfarers, numerous political essays, several local community histories including a history of Seattle’s Pike Place Market and he has been published in many literary journals. A former stockbroker-investment banker, Evans has lived in Seattle since 1960, worked in a lumber mill, operated a mining company and co-produced a movie, Christmas Mountain, with Mark Miller, and co-starring Slim Pickens.
Following the poetry and storytelling the movie on Princess Angeline
and the history of the Duwamish Tribe will be shown along with a tour of the Longhouse. Authentic Fry bread will be available for sale along with selected free refreshments. Free event, but more info and tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/481431!