Andrea Wilbur, Spindle Whorl

asta'bsHil3b axW ti qa'qtu
"The Return to the Swing"
Gathering of Indigenous Visual Artists
    June 23-30, 2001

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asta'bsHil3b axW ti qa'qtu:

A Gathering of Indigenous Visual Artists

The Longhouse Education and Cultural Center "House of Welcome" at The Evergreen State College is pleased to host asta'bsHil3b axW ti qa'qtu, "The Return to the Swing," the first Gathering of indigenous visual artists in the United States. Renowned and emerging artists representing more than thirty indigenous nations from Canada, New Zealand, the Philippines and the United States will come together to create individual and collaborative pieces of art. Artists will be working across cultures and across disciplines in five areas that include carving, weaving, painting, printmaking and pottery.

The Gathering will feature two exhibitions: each artist will exhibit one piece in the Evergreen Galleries during the week-long event. At the end of the Gathering, each of the five disciplines will select four pieces that will represent the area as part of a traveling exhibition that will also include work by each of the five lead artists.





painting by Frank La Pena (Wintu Nomtipom)
Gathering Lead Artist

The Gathering follows a similar gathering held in New Zealand in 1995-Wananga of Indigenous Art. The Wananga was the first of its kind, bringing together indigenous artists from around the world. Its impact had global significance, uniting and inspiring artists while rekindling the respect and value which indigenous artists and their work deserve. The 2001 Gathering of Indigenous Artists will create bridges that join people who are ultimately connected, but kept separate by space and culture. The Gathering will accomplish the following:

  1. Cultural preservation of indigenous art forms and culture-passing on of techniques from artist to artist.

  2. Increased economic opportunities through an international network of artists, and an increased understanding of and access to the international arts market.

  3. Increased public appreciation and understanding of Northwest Native and other Pacific Rim art and cultures.

"I am half Native American and half Filipino. Until recently, cultural boundaries have been the root of a lifelong struggle to come to terms with my own personal, artistic vision. More understanding of my two cultures can only strengthen my vision."

Nino Corpuz










print by Nino Corpuz, (Nanaimo/Nooksack/Filipino)
Gathering Participant