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February 17, 2018

All Ages

All Ages : Living Cultures

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Library Closed Monday, Feb. 19

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 19.

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. Artifacts and regalia from the four tribes will be included in this part of the exhibit.

24 photographs will be in Part 1. 16 Curtis photogravures, 16 images by Sharon Grainger and related artifacts and regalia will constitute Part 2. Both exhibits close on April 30.


Opens Saturday, Jan. 13

Level 3, Central Library


Opens Friday, Feb. 23

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