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Methow Valley Interpretive Center Presents Two Rivers Documentary

Native Americans gatherThe Methow Valley Interpretive Center will be celebrating over 20 years of Native American and European American individuals working together in the Methow Valley to heal historical wounds and create lasting friendships. The community is invited to attend this outdoor event at the Pavilion @TwispWorks on September 18 at 6:30pm.

Tribal friends will assist with the opening celebration, following by an outdoor showing of “Two Rivers,” a documentary that was produced in 2003. This award-winning film tells the true story of a Native American Reconciliation group that began in the Schmekel home in Twisp in 1997. Within five years many folks had joined, and together they launched social reconciliation initiatives that has brought about change in the Methow Valley and has continued to contribute to an effective means to connect across racial divisions.

This is our story, a true story of how people from different worlds have created profound, lasting friendships, because they were willing to adopt an open attitude, experiment with new ways of connecting, and learn to speak, listen, and act from their hearts. It is also an invitation to come and listen, and share. There will be a talking circle following the film which will be an opportunity to listen and speak with one another.

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.

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.

Postponed – The Winter’s Tale: a documentary film, presented by the Methow Valley Interpretive Center

A new date to be announced soon! The Methow Valley Interpretive Center Presents the Methow Valley Premier of “The Winter’s Tale” – Story-telling by Wenatchi elder Randy Lewis followed by Q&A with Randy Lewis, Nick Zentner and the film-makers. Co-sponsored by Methow Arts Alliance, the Methow Conservancy, and the Methow Valley Citizens Council.

This film takes its name from a time-honored practice when, in the deep of winter, a tribal elder would gather the young people around and begin to tell a story, a story about the land, about the powers of the animals roaming through it and about the relationship of the people to it all. These stories would unfold over not just hours, but over a period of days, delivered with a sense of poetry, a cadence that captivated the young listeners and imprinted on them deeply, connecting them to the land and to their own heritage in ways that would remain with them their entire lives, and ultimately would be told again in the deep of winter to the generations not yet born.

These stories exist still today and it is the purpose of this project to capture them in a form that can captivate the modern young mind. Through Native storyteller Randy Lewis it is possible still to connect our youth to the lands, to imbue them with a sense of awe, wonder and respect. This project seeks to endow students with the skills to become modern storytellers and to deliver those stories through the channels of today – in classrooms, through TVs and YouTube – all while preserving these stories forever.

The Winter’s Tale is a directed film study program through the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts.

This special event is a fundraiser for the Methow Valley Interpretive Center. Ticket options include: $60/reserved table of 4; Individual Tickets (sliding scale): $10,
$20, $30, or Student Tickets (sliding scale): $0, $10. Tickets available on Brown Paper Tickets, or at Methow Arts and Riverside Printing.

This event will be held at The Winthrop Barn.