Archive for History

Postponed Due to Smoke – Native Storytelling at the Pavilion – Arnie Marchand

Stay tuned for a new date! We’re going to reschedule Arnie Marchand’s Native Storytelling event on the Pavilion @ TwispWorks for later in October. More details soon…..

The Saturdays After The Market series continues with an afternoon of storytelling from Colville Tribal elder and local author Arnie Marchand. Saturday August 28th from 1-3PM.

Arnie is the author of “The Way I Heard It” and “Stim an S Kwist” – “What is your name?”. Both books are available for purchase at Methow Valley Goods on the TwispWorks campus.

So bring a blanket and a sunbrella, grab lunch from Fork, and settle in for a fun, free community event brought to you by TwispWorks!

This event is offered free to the public thanks in part to the generous support of the Vogt Family Foundation.

The MVIC Presents: Arnie Marchand – A Last Sunday Program

Please join the Methow Valley Interpretive Center in welcoming Arnie Marchand, Sunday June 27, for a Last Sunday Presentation. Arnie will be sharing stories from his new book “Stim An S Kwist: What Is Your Name?”.

History – Stories – People.
Arnie will weave together these three threads, covering a wide expanse of ime in the liged of Okanogan peoples. Using stories and events, Arnie’s newest book “Stim An S Kwist: What Is Your Name?” Travels from the time Before Caucasians (BC) arrive to the After the Dams (AD) were built on the rivers.

Arnie Marchand is an Okanogan native who continues to explore the vast history of the Okanogan people, the impacts of change and the way of life that will never be again. He is known for his interesting talks about the “way it was and how it is”.

The presentation will take place at the Methow Valley Interpretive Center in Building B, on the TwispWorks Campus.

This event is open to the public and presented free of charge but donations are gratefully accepted.

High Times In The Methow: Floods, Flows & Flotsam – A “Last Sunday” Talk

Join the Methow Valley Interpretive Center and the Shafer Historical Museum as stories and photos are shared about high water events that have occurred here since the late-1800’s, including the epic 1948 flood. Suzanne Perin from the Shafer Museum and David LaFever from the Interpretive Center will lead a journey through stories, historic photos, and first-hand accounts, including some still living here to this day.

The Last Sunday Talks take place in the Methow Valley Interpretive Center, Building B on the TwispWorks campus.

These talks are provided free to the public but donations to the Interpretive Center are graciously accepted.

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