About yәhaw̓

From October 4 to December 9, 2018, the Central Library is excited to celebrate the kick off of yәhaw̓, a year-long, Indigenous-led arts project that will culminate in a major exhibition at Seattle Office of Arts & Culture’s ARTS at King Street Station in January 2019. As Seattle gears up for the exhibition, the public is invited to take part in community exhibits, artist residencies, and public events across the region. Over 200 Indigenous creatives will take part in yәhaw̓ and the project is designed to Indigenize the city.

Exhibit: This Is Our Home, Where We Belong

yәhaw̓ Together we lift the sky. Indiginize the Library

Coast Salish Female Artists on Identity, Spirituality, and Environment
October 4 - December 9
Level 8 Gallery, Central Library

This Is Our Home, Where We Belong features the original artwork of five Coast Salish women exploring environmental justice, identity, and place. The project’s curator Denise Emerson is also Coast Salish, of the Twana people, and this her first curatorial project.

Featured Artists

  • Caroline Edwards (Swinomish)
  • Denise Emerson (Diné/Twana)
  • Karen Engel (Shoalwater Bay)
  • Kimberly Miller (Skokomish)
  • Abbey Pierson (Cowlitz)
  • Curated by Denise Emerson  (Diné/Twana)


“My parents gave me knowledge and wisdom growing up and I’m sharing it with people now. I never talked about my Native life before. But I have learned people want to know about what my parents and aunts and uncles have taught me. I knew I was different moving about in the city. Going home to the Diné and Skokomish Reservations where my families live gives me strength knowing we’ve been here for thousands of years. I have learned that everywhere I walk, in the city and on reservations, is where I belong.”

- Denise Emerson

Artists in Residence

Celebrate Indigenous artists at the Library. From October to December, visit the Central Library for unique experiences with amazing artists.  See schedule below for details (subject to change).

Native Kut: Pah-tu Pitt and Sean Gallagher

Native Kut: Pah-tu Pitt and Sean Gallagher

Does water move you? Native Kut, a dynamic duo made up of artists Pah-tu and Sean, will be exploring water in conservation. Throughout October, they will be in the 8th floor gallery doing printmaking and wood carving demos inspired by Indigenous water rights on Tuesdays 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Roldy Aguero Ablao

Roldy Aguero Ablao

Did you know ‘eco’ means home? Join mixed-media artist and storyteller Roldy Ablao as they create artworks inspired by stories of home and connections to Indigeneity and environmental justice. Drop by the studio to help Roldy and their guest collaborators make space to build deeper connections through creativity on Saturdays, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Saturday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fox Spears

Fox Spears

Ready to follow the river? Spend time with printmaker Fox Spears whose arts will center around the theme of water - relationships that plants, animals, and humans have formed with rivers over time. Fox’s inspiration comes from the Klamath River, where his Karuk ancestors lived since time immemorial, as well as the river systems in Washington and the Pacific Northwest. Learn more about pattern making with Fox on Saturdays, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Saturday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 24, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Thank You

We are grateful for the expertise from executive project producers Tracy Rector (Choctaw/Seminole), Asia Tail (Cherokee), and Satpreet Kahlon, along with the guidance from our Native Advisory Council.

Upcoming yəhaw̓ Events

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