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Last Sunday Presentation – Dan Nanamkin

Please join the Methow Valley Interpretive Center for an evening with Dan “Thunder & Lightening” Nanamkin, an enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes, for a discussion of Land Acknowledgement.

Dan Nanamkin has served his people in prevention programs, leadership, building community wellness events and cultural education for over two decades. As an indigenous cultural educator, he strives to advance the truth and sacred teachings of indigenous wisdom in schools, colleges, and communities, and to create opportunities for unity, healing from historic trauma and relationship building.

Dan will share very important teachings about the lands we are all standing upon. This is one of the stories he has been asked to share near and far as it is a very important first step for everyone to understand greater relationship beyond ourselves.

This Last Sunday Lecture if open to the public and offered at no cost, although donations are welcome. The lecture will be held at the Methow Valley Interpretive Center, Building B, on the TwispWorks campus.

Contact the MVIC with any questions or for further information.

Virtual Earth Day Celebration – 50th Anniversary

The 50th Anniversary of Earth Day is going virtual on Friday, April 17th, from 4-5:30pm.

This Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement on April 22, 1970.

Join the Methow Valley Citizens Council and Methow Arts for an online celebration kicking off the beginning of Earth Week.

The event will include:

  • An interview with Denis Hayes, National Coordinator of the First Earth Day in 1970. Conducted by Liberty Bell and Independent Learning Center High School students.
  • Inspiring video clips of Methow Valley students sharing their vision for the future
    Live interview with Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, inspiring & nationally-recognized climate activist and hip hop artist.
  • State of the Nation Expert Panel Discussion with Michael Gerrard of Sabine Center for Climate Change at Columbia Law. Michael Furze of WA State Dept. of Commerce, and Amelia Marchand of the Colville Confederated Tribes, moderated by Jasmine Minbashian.
  • Live music & video with Luc Reynaud and poetry reading by WA State poet laureate. Claudia Castro Luna.


This event will be held via Zoom, we encourage you to download Zoom before hand and read this article.

Pre-registration is required. Click here to register.

Brought to you by the Methow Valley Citizens Council and Methow Arts

Methow Archaeology: In search of Evidence with Rich Davis

The Methow Valley Interpretive Center hosts the final Last Sunday event of 2019 – Methow Archaeology: In Search of Evidence with Rich Davis. This Sunday October 27th on the TwispWorks campus.

Hidden within the artifacts that have been studied in the Methow Artifact Research Project are more questions than answers. Windows into an ancient world. Through the donations and glimpses offered by the owners of artifacts, we have been able to create a database. Through further study and donations of informative materials, there is a bright future for connecting these relics of the past with the current Methow people.

Rich and his wife have been involved in archaeology for over 25 years both in the southwest and in Washington. They both served as award winning Site Stewards for the State of Arizona for close to 20 years. Rich has published many articles and several books, primarily dealing with the age dating and identification of chipped stone tools, primarily projectile points in the southwest corner of Arizona and northern Sonora, Mexico. Rich heads up the Methow Archaeology Research Project (MARP) and serves as Archaeology Adviser to the Methow Valley Interpretive Center.

This event is taking place in the Methow Valley Interpretive Center, Building #2, on the TwispWorks Campus.

Last Sunday events are open to the public and presented free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Last Sunday Program: Fire Lookouts – The Last Sentinels of the Methow

Join the Methow Valley Interpretive Center for the next in their Last Sunday Series with presenter Mike Liu. Find out about the last remaining fire lookouts on the Methow Valley Ranger District. The District is over 1.3 million acres in size and hosts the largest number of remaining lookouts on the Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest. Learn about the unique design and locations of each of the eight fire lookouts (Monument 83, Slate Peak, Mebee, Goat, First Butte, North 20 Mile, Lookout, and Leecher) and a little bit of lookout lore.

Michael Liu retired after working 36 years for the US Forest Service spending his last 9 years as the district ranger for the Methow Valley. He has visited each of the eight fire lookouts and supports restoration efforts to retain these last remaining sentinels from a bygone era.

Last Sunday presentations are open to the public and free of charge, but donations to the Interpretive Center are greatly appreciated.

The Methow Valley Interpretive Center is located in Building #2 on the TwispWorks campus.

National Smokejumper Association Traveling Museum – Last Chance!

This year smokejumping turns 80! Did you know that the North Cascades Smokejumper Base, right here in the Methow Valley, is the birthplace of smokejumping? Celebrating this important milestone, TwispWorks is excited to be hosting the National Smokejumper Association Travelling Museum in YourSpace, Building #9 on the TwispWorks campus.

The North Cascades Smokejumper Base is integral to the economy, culture, and disaster preparedness of the Methow Valley and TwispWorks continues to lead the effort to keep the NCSB in Winthrop.

The museum is free and open to the public.