Category Archives: Multimedia

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Wanapum Journey of Design and Fabrication: Chiawana Gallery

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Both a place of peace and a break in intensity of the exhibit and the modern world. This gallery offers a refuge and the opportunity for grounding. Chiawana means River People, which the Wanapum are. Natural materials, including a basalt floor and a wood bench furnished by the river, provide a quiet refuge to contemplate […]

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Wanapum Journey of Design and Fabrication: Village Model

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Before the dams arrived and flooded the old village Chuplitz, the fishing sites, and Whale Island, there was a main village at Priest Rapids inhabited into the 1950’s – within living memory and the last main village before the inundation. To commemorate that time and place in Wanapum history, a scale model was created, using […]

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Wanapum Journey of Design and Fabrication: Newcomers

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As a cost saving measure and green initiative, a showcase, recycled from the old center, was retrofitted to house historic objects that made significant impacts both, positive and negative, on the day-to-day activities of the Wanapum. The gallery aesthetic took its cue’s from the structures that had huge, life-changing impacts on the Wanapum from the […]

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Wanapum Journey of Design and Fabrication: Continuance of Traditions Showcase

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In a broad sweep, this showcase embraces all the stages in the life of a Wanapum. A trail of moccasins from baby-size to elders unite these stages. Age-old cultural traditions are united with contemporary traditions in a life that is uniquely Wanapum but also influenced by other cultures from the surrounding, modern world. The background […]

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Wanapum Journey of Design and Fabrication: Brothers and Sisters Showcase

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The accent on the quality and beauty of these objects made from the Brothers and Sisters (Plants and Animals), by Wanapum men and women, is the singular focus here. Emphasis, through pin-point lighting on objects, make them appear to float against a dark dimensionless background. The confines of the showcase and the distraction of mounts […]

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