Yakima Valley Museum
Treasures from the Plateau
Yakima Valley Museum
January 11 through March 29, 2009

Klickitat coiled basket, made of cedar root and bear grass, with human figure motifs. Made before 1855. Donated by Harriet MacDonald. 60-044-001
Beaded Yakama vest with horse, rider, elk, and ram motifs. Circa 1900. Gannon Collection. 76-189-021

The Native American holdings in the Yakima Valley Museum have been out of the public view for too long. Now, through the leadership of the Larson Gallery in organizing Yakima Honors Peoples of the Plateau, the Museum is pleased to once again display highlights from this significant collection.

Although museum records list over 250 individual donors of Native American material, the majority of the objects to be shown were acquired from four collectors. In 1957, Louis O. Janeck, a Yakima druggist and realtor, and Dr. C. A. Jones, a Yakima veterinarian, donated a total of 433 objects which had been given to the two men by members of the Yakama Nation between 1890 and 1950. L. V. McWhorter, a Yakima pioneer, Native American historian, and author, is the source of 99 items that were originally given to Yakima Community College and then transferred to the Yakima Valley Museum in 1956.

Finally, in 1975, the Museum purchased an additional 553 items as part of the Gannon Collection. Dr. William Gannon, a hop rancher in Mabton, Washington, was a private collector of carriages, wagons, and Native American material, all of which he displayed in his own private museum in Mabton. In 1968, a group of Yakima businessmen bought the Gannon Collection on contract and founded the Yakima Frontier Museum. Quickly discovering that museums are not profit centers, the businessmen approached the Yakima Valley Museum, which agreed to accept the entire Gannon Collection if the businessmen would raise the money to pay off Dr. Gannon and erect an addition to the Yakima Valley Museum. This they did, even though, ironically, the carriages and wagons were then thought to be more important than the remarkable array of baskets and beadwork.

The result of all this generosity is a wonderful assortment of some of the best of the baskets, beadwork, parfleches, and horse gear made by Yakama, Klickitat, and Nez Perce Indians.

Join us for a city-wide celebration of the region's Native American legacy and rich heritage. The events are being hosted by Yakima's major cultural facilities and the Yakama Nation Museum and Cultural Center. This signature event and other planned programs identify and recognize contributions and achievements that honor and credit our Yakama neighbor’s and the peoples of the Plateau.

Grand Opening
Sunday, January 11, 2009 • 2 - 5pm
Opening receptions at all locations. The Larson Gallery hosts
a special performance by the Yakama Warriors at 2:30pm

January 11 - March 7, 2009
Larson Gallery
Yakima Valley Community College
16th Avenue & Nob Hill Boulevard
Yakima, Washington

January 11 - February 19, 2009
Allied Arts of Yakima Valley
5000 W. Lincoln Avenue
Yakima, Washington

January 11 - March 29, 2009
Yakima Valley Museum
2105 Tieton Drive
Yakima, Washington

Artwork and Columbia River Gorge Petroglyphs - YVCC Diversity Series
Thursday, February 5, 2009 • 7 - 8pm at Larson Gallery • Free
Jan Whitefoot, artist and long-time resident on the Yakama Indian Reservation, will present an in-depth visual journey and look at the petroglyphs and their meaning. She and her husband Frank operate the Whitefoot Studio in Harrah, Washington.

Ledger Painting Workshop
Saturday, February 7, 2009 • 2 - 5pm at Allied Arts of Yakima Valley • Free
George Flett will discuss the history of ledger painting, have examples of his work available, and lead a demonstration after which participants will be able to paint and draw on supplied ledger paper. Cost is $65 and pre-registration is required. Call (509) 966-0930 to register.

Keeping Our Heritage Alive
Saturday, February 7, 2009 • 5:30 - 8pm at the Heritage Restaurant • $25.00
As neighbors, join us and learn about Yakama culture, history, and arts of the Plateau people of the mid-Columbia lands. Our time honored custom and tradition is to welcome and honor guests to our home. The great icon of the Yakama Nation is known as the Anatush (Winterlodge) which is a 76 foot tower that represents a place of gathering in the cultural way of today. Your reservation includes: Dinner, Guided Tour, and a special Traditional Dance Performance. Call the Larson Gallery at (509) 574-4875 for reservations.

Trends in Contemporary Native American Art - Voices from the Past
Sunday February 8, 2009 • 1:00pm at Allied Arts of Yakima Valley • Free
A panel discussion on trends in contemporary Native American art, featuring Vivian Harrison, HollyAnna DeCoteau Pinkham, George Flett, and Frank Janzen of the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts.

Two Presentations: Painter/Storyteller and Basket Weaver - YVCC Diversity Series
Thursday, February 12, 2009 • 7 - 8:30pm at Larson Gallery • Free
7 - 7:45pm
Marlene Spencer Simla (Klickitat), will share examples of her artwork, family history, and her illustrated children’s picture books.
7:45 - 8:30pm
Nettie Jackson (Klickitat) is one of the most skilled and creative basket makers in the country. She will talk about her baskets and demonstrate how she uses bear grass and Western red cedar to create her beautiful coiled baskets. Nettie received the Washington State Governor’s Arts and Heritage Award in 1992.

Language, Culture and Heritage - YVCC Diversity Series
Thursday, February 19, 2009 • Time TBA at Yakima Valley Community College • Free
Levina Wilkens (Winatchapam) is the Language Program Manager for the Yakama Nation and will speak to Ethnic Studies students about the importance of the Sahaptin language to her people and culture.

Northwest Native American Art - YVCC Diversity Series
Thursday, February 19, 2009 • Time TBA at Larson Gallery • Free
Dr. Karen Roberts (Tlingit) who holds a PhD in Anthropological Studies and a PhD in Literacy will talk to art classes about Northwest Coastal art including masks, totems and community houses.

Beadwork and Fancy Dance Clothing - YVCC Diversity Series
Thursday, February 26, 2009 • 7 - 8pm at Larson Gallery • Free
Jerry Meninick (Palouse) is the Deputy Director for Human and Health Services of the Yakama Nation. He will narrate a presentation about his collection of beadwork and fancy dance clothing that will be modeled by Agnes Meninick and Bernadine Ashue. Other clothing will be on display.

Lee Moorhouse: Photographer in the Inland Northwest, 1898 - 1915 - Voices from the Past
Sunday, March 1, 2009 • 1:00pm at Yakima Valley Museum • Free
Steve Grafe, Curator of American Indian Art at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and curator of the traveling Peoples of the Plateau exhibit at the Larson Gallery, will host a lecture about the show and share his insights



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