Archive for Native Peoples

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: Remembrance of Old Times with Jimmy Timentwa

This September the Methow Valley Interpretive Center presents a very special Last Sunday program, Remembrance of Old Times with Jimmy Timentwa.

Indian Rancher and Methow descendant, Jimmy Timentwa shares stories from his mother, Julliane Michelle and father Alexander Jack Timentwa. His paternal grandparents were Louis and Rosalie Timentwa. Louis was chief of the Lower Okanogan. Jimmy has run his family ranch on the Colville Reservation for over four decades.

Jimmy shares stories of a time when salmon were plentiful in our streams, mountain goats were abundant on the high mountains and Indian people knew the right place, time and song for harvest of every root, berry and animal. He has never before told his stories publicly.

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.

MVIC presents Dayton Edmunds: Native American Storyteller

Steeped in the traditions of his Native American Caddo culture, Dayton’s stories fuse culture and views from countless generations. Lessons from his grandparents, philosophy from inherited trials, wisdom and humor from his native people.

“My purpose is to tell the story, to pass it on to others. To gently challenge people to grow.”

Join us for this special evening of storytelling in the native garden.

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

Listening to Nature: A MVIC Kids Camp

The Methow Valley Interpretive Center will be hosting a day camp for children ages 5-8. This is an opportunity to learn from our local experts about Native Americans, geology, plants, animals and how to have fun with nature. The native garden will host fun activities where the kids will learn about and use local plants. There will be arts, crafts and primitive skills along with nature walks at the confluence of the Twisp and Methow Rivers.

Space is limited to 12 children per day so please call to pre-register and save your space!

The kids camp will be held in the Methow Valley Interpretive Center, Building #2, on the TwispWorks campus.

No charge, but donations gratefully accepted!

Last Sunday Presentation: Ancient Artifacts Tell the Stories of the People

If ever there was a story worth listening to it is the one of the first peoples of this valley! Imagine living here at a time when the glaciers had only recently receded. Imagine following the traditional food sources, the animals and the plants throughout the seasons using the wisdom of selective harvesting to protect future sources of nutrition and medicine. What tools would have been used 8,000 years ago and how do we believe those tools of everyday life were made? The community has been incredibly generous in sharing information and donating found artifacts and these objects reveal a compelling story that gives context to our modern experience in this valley.

The Methow Valley Interpretive Center presents “Ancient Artifacts Tell the Story of the People” A Last Sunday Presentation on Sunday, 6/24. Rich Davis will present findings from the the Methow Artifact Research Project, a collaborative effort with Aaron Naumann, Senior Archaeoogist at Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.

This presentation is free and open to the public but donations are gratefully accepted.