[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2012-07-27

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Fri Jul 27 08:04:40 PDT 2012

In this Issue:
1. Help Name the New Historic Cemeteries Mascot!
2. “Gifts from Our Ancestors” Exhibit Debuts in The Dalles
3. Mt. Hood's Steiner Cabins Tour Set for Aug. 11
4. Crook County Seeks Collection Specialist for Bowman Museum 
The Commission on Historic Cemeteries has a new mascot to promote
cemetery preservation! To read about the mascot and suggest a name,
visit Oregon Heritage Exchange http://oregonheritage.wordpress.com (
http://oregonheritage.wordpress.com/ ) . 
The Confluence Project will debut a new exhibit titled “Gifts from Our
Ancestors” from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., July 26 at the Columbia Gorge
Discovery Center in The Dalles. “Gifts from Our Ancestors” is an
innovative cultural education program that engaged over 2,000 students
throughout the Columbia Gorge region. Fifteen participating schools and
after-school programs in Oregon and Washington worked with Native
artists, craftspeople, and cultural ambassadors on community art
projects inspired by Celilo Falls. Artistic Director Lillian Pitt (
http://www.lillianpitt.com/ ), traditional storyteller Ed Edmo (
http://ededmo.tripod.com/ ), and participating teachers, artists and
students will be on hand to perform, speak about the project, and
discuss the work. The exhibit will remain at the Columbia Gorge
Discovery Center through Aug. 22, when it will move to the Maryhill
Museum of Art in Washington for display Sept. 9 – Nov. 15. It will move
to the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River for a final showing
from Nov. 27 – Dec. 31.
By connecting students with the cultural traditions of the indigenous
peoples of the Columbia River region, “Gifts from Our Ancestors” builds
bridges between the regions’ diverse peoples and facilitates the
creativity of a new generation. 
Jefferson Greene, the leader of N'chi Wanapum (Canoe Family Dancers),
observes, “Our people are a beautifully strong people and our stories
survive in the songs, in the dances, and in the sharings. We are the
last of our people, but through sharing our traditions and ceremonies,
our people shall and will continue to survive.” 
The exhibit showcases a rotating selection of over 150 individual
pieces of student-created art, from ceramic masks and fabric salmon
sculptures to stop-motion animations and theatrical costumes. The
Confluence Project introduced students to the ancient history of Celilo
Falls as a nexus of cultural and economic exchange. Students also worked
with Native arts educators to learn new skills, become familiar with
regional indigenous cultural practices and heritage, and express their
creative potential. Contact Aili Schreiner by email at
education at confluenceproject.org or by phone at (360) 693-0123, or
visit www.confluenceproject.org ( http://www.confluenceproject.org/ ) to
learn more about the Confluence Project and “Gifts for Our Ancestors”.
Mt. Hood’s Steiner Cabins will be open for public touring from 10 a.m. –
3 p.m., Aug. 11. The tour begins at Mt. Hood Foods in Rhododendron and
proceeds to four cabins with a special stop at the SteinerChurch.
Visitors can follow a tour guide and driving map to visit the cabins in
Rhododendron, Zigzag and Brightwood. 
When Henry Steiner began making his signature cabins, his intent was to
create functional and economically assembled homes, not idyllic cottages
that seem to come right out of a fairy tale. However, that's exactly
what happened. His cabins are precisely what one might imagine if asked
to think of how that storybook “cozy little cabin in the woods” might
appear. Over the years, Steiner's sons, Fred and John, began helping
their father with construction of the cabins.  
Steiner is famous for using the native materials found onsite or
locally for his cabins. Signature aspects of most Steiner Cabins include
a “wagon wheel” or “sunburst” gable, a basalt rock fireplace, arc-shaped
front door made of a split curved tree, gnarled tree root used for a
front door handle, and unique log beams supporting the gabled porch
Henry Steiner is considered a master of the Oregon Rustic style and the
tour is designed to acquaint visitors with both this native Northwest
design as well as to offer a chance to tour wooded cabins ostensibly
straight out of a storybook.
The Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum is dedicating this year’s tour
to the memory of John W. Steiner, who died April 13 at the age of 99.
For further information about the tour, visit www.mthoodmuseum.org (
http://www.mthoodmuseum.org/ ) or contact museum curator Lloyd Musser
by calling (503) 272-3301 or emailing info at mthoodmuseum.org (
) . 
CrookCounty is seeking a Collections Care Specialist for the Bowman
Museum. The part-time position is responsible for the care and
registration operations for the museum’s permanent collection, and will
participate in the exhibits program. The position maintains all aspects
of documenting objects and will supervise volunteers.  
Candidates must possess a minimum of one year experience in museum
collections management and be proficiency in PastPerfect collections
software and MS Office. Applicants with a BA in museum studies or a
related field are preferred. 
Visit www.co.crook.or.us ( http://www.co.crook.or.us/ ) for a full job
description and application. To apply, mail or hand deliver a completed
application to the Crook County Treasurer’s / Tax Office at 200 NE 2nd
St., Prineville, OR 97754. For questions, call (541) 447-6554. The
position closes at 5 p.m., Aug. 31. 


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