Tacoma Arts and Festivals – Part II – Native American Festival

This second part of my latest blog post will feature snippets from the In the Spirit Festival, a celebration of Pacific Northwest Native Tribes that took place this weekend at the Washington State History Museum – Tacoma. Along with native arts and crafts for sale, the outdoor amphitheater crowd was treated to a series of dances and songs performed by several native tribe members dressed in their traditional regalia. Some of the tribe members came from as far way as the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. The crowd was also treated to traditional performances by a native Maori family that came all the way from New Zealand. What a treat! Needless to say, I took lot of photos!

Let’s start with the Aleut tribe. But first of all, I want to point out that the word “Aleut” is not in the tribe’s language. That is a modern man’s word. The native word for their tribe is “Unangex.” Their traditional regalia are made from animal furs and skins of the land and sea creatures that inhabit their area. Needless to say, the outfits were not a match for the warm temperatures of the day at the festival! The performers refer to themselves as the Dream Dancers. Here a few photos taken during the performance of their native dances and songs.

Here are a few photos from another native tribe from Alaska that call themselves the Kuteeyaa Dancers that consist of members from several tribes of Alaska, such as Tlingit and Haida. Notice the beautiful colors and designs on their robes.

The last set of photos I have are of the special performance of a visiting native Maori family from New Zealand.  Now, this is something that one doesn’t get to see in America very often, if rarely!

What a show! You can bet I’ll be back again for the festival next year!

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3 Responses to Tacoma Arts and Festivals – Part II – Native American Festival

  1. Fascinating and colourful. I even like that you get a sense of the shape of the ampitheatre through reflections on windows.

    • That’s interesting! I was kind of peeved that the window reflections were showing up in the photos. But, alas, it was just one of those things that you can’t control. I’m glad that you perceived it in a different light. Now, I don’t feel so bad!

Thank you!

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