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Native Pigments

Time: February 25, 2010 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Location: The Roeder Home
City/Town: Bellingham
Website or Map: http://www.stoningtongallery.…
Event Type: reskilling
Organized By: Friends of the Roeder Home
Latest Activity: Feb 22, 2010

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Thursday, Feb 25 Roeder Home 7:30 $8-$12 suggested donation
The Roeder Home was built on Native land, and it is a pleasure invite Native artists to share this old Home fully, and to share their art and heritage with the larger community at the same time. Please come help welcome them home!

So, what DID they use for paint? Look at those old totem poles and masks, their paint patinaed by age and wear, their once-rich colors almost erased by time: just what did Pacific NW Natives use to make that paint which has, in some cases, endured more than 400 years of embellishing Native objects.

Artist, educator and researcher, and recipient of a 2009 Bellingham Mayor's Arts Award, Melonie Ancheta of Copper Woman Studio will share some of what she's learned in the past 13 years of researching pre-contact paint technology among the NW Coast Natives. She'll display and discuss samples of the pigments used and will address the importance of researching and preserving this information. You'll be able to see some of the methods and materials such as handmade paint brushes and stone and mortar grinding used in the manufacture of paints. Oh, and of course, you'll learn what human spit has to do with paint.
Co-sponsored by the Friends Of The Roeder Home and the Whatcom Family & Community Network.

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