Symposium: Beyond the Frame: to Be Native

Nov. 16 - 17, 2018 at the Central Library

Scholars, historians, Native American community leaders, and students examine the work of Edward S. Curtis and move beyond the frame of his work to explore concepts of authenticity in art, tribal sovereignty, environmental activism and Indigenous ways of knowing.

Friday, Nov. 16

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Opening Celebration


  • Videos by Fabian Romero
  • Spoken word by Delia Gomez
  • Performance by Kuteeyaa
  • Remarks from Ken Workman
  • Light refreshments
Saturday, Nov. 17

All day symposium
Scholars, historians, Native American community leaders, and students examine the work of Edward S. Curtis, beyond the frame.

8:30 a.m.
Doors open; coffee service

9:00 a.m.
Opening Remarks with Clay Jenkinson

9:30 a.m.
Tim Greyhaven: Unframing Edward Curtis
Marna Murray: Inside the Frame

10:30 a.m.
Elizabeth Brown: Look Again--Curtis as a Visual Artist
Vaun Raymond: Curtis at the Rainier Club

11:30 a.m.
Lunch Break

12:30 p.m.
Coll Thrush: The Vanishing Race Narrative

1:30 p.m.
Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse: Reframing Boas
Emily Washines: Relations

2:30 p.m.
John & Coleen Graybill: Descendants 

3:30 p.m.
Go Home Collective: Contemporary Indigenous Artist
Dan Kerlee: Edward Curtis in Hollywood

4:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks with Clay Jenkinson

View detailed schedule in our calendar


Photograph by Edward Curtis

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?

We would like to thank the people of the Tlingit, Haida, Kwakwaka'wakw, and Lummi Nations for their support and participation.

Indigenous Stewardship of the Salish Sea

Photo Credit: Rika Manabe

Protecting the x̌ʷəlč: Indigenous Stewardship of the Salish Sea exhibit illuminates how water is intertwined in every aspect of living. 

Northwest Washington’s tribal communities have long recognized the importance of water and water-based resources in sustaining life in this region. Come explore how the sea and the rivers, and the wealth of resources in them--the salmon, whales, tule, and shellfish--are important to the region’s tribes and the work they are doing to protect those resources for future generations.

Friday, June 15 - Thursday, Aug. 30
Level 8 Gallery, Central Library

Living Cultures

Part I: Celebrating the Resilient Indigenous Cultures of the Pacific Northwest

Living Cultures was a photography exhibit that explored contemporary Native American/First Nations life of the Haida, Lummi, Tlingit, and the Kwakw ak a’w akw nations by Sharon Eva Grainger with narratives by tribal elders.

Jan. 16 - April 30
Central Library

Part II: Beyond The Frame

The Living Cultures exhibit included images from Edward S. Curtis’s North American Indian series and contemporary photos by Sharon Eva Grainger, as well as objects from the cultures represented on display.

Feb. 23 - April 30
Central Library

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