Archive for Native Peoples

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.

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!