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February 24, 2018

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All Ages : Living Cultures

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Living Cultures is a photography exhibit that explores contemporary Native American/First Nations life of the Haida, Lummi, Tlingit, and the Kwakwaka’wakw nations by Sharon Grainger with narratives by tribal elders.

Photo of Tlingit elder Jim Thomas by Sharon Grainger

Photo by Sharon Grainger

Living Cultures will be expanded on February 23 to include images from the Edward S. Curtis, The North American Indian, his monumental work to record the culture of Native Americans whose numbers were in serious decline. Regalia from the four tribes will be included in this part of the exhibit. 

LIVING CULTURES: Celebrating the Resilient Indigenous Cultures of the Pacific Northwest 

Saturday, Jan. 13 - Monday, Apr. 30

Level 3, Central Library

Living Cultures: Beyond The Frame

Friday, Feb. 23 - Monday, Apr. 30

Level 8, Central Library

Special Presentations

Sharon Grainger, Photographer

7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28

Microsoft Auditorium, Central Library

James Thomas, Tlingit chief and statesman

2 p.m. Sunday, March 4

Microsoft Auditorium, Central Library



These exhibits and programs are part of the regional "Beyond The Frame: To Be Native." In 2018, more than 20 Northwest organizations and tribes will use the photography of Edward S. Curtis to spark discussions about art, culture and place. This is an opportunity for all people to listen to Native voices, to engage anew with Curtis' work, and with each other. Finally, it's an opportunity to broaden our understandings about strength and resilience; power and perception; and identity. What is it to be Native, beyond the frame?

This exhibit is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and Gary Kunis. We would also like to thank the people of the Tlingit, Haida, Kwakwaka'wakw, and Lummi Nations for their support and participation.

We thank our sponsors

This program is made possible with the generous support of:

The Seattle Public Library Foundation

Gary Kunis