The 2016 Spirit of Indigenous People Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 25th at the Seattle Center. This festival is a collaborative effort of the many Native community groups in the greater Seattle area, bringing together a showcase of the culture and tradition of American Indians, Alaska Natives and First Nations People!
We invite Native food vendors and arts & crafts vendors to join us! The Seattle Indian Health Board does not charge a fee for vendors, however, the Seattle Center will require a fee of 10% of all sales to be collected at the end of the day. However large or small your display, please be a part of this amazing event! For more information, contact Debbie Nerocker, Event Coordinator, at (206) 324-9360 or by email at email@example.com.
A traditional Pow Wow will take place at the Mural Amphitheatre stage and surrounding grounds in the afternoon, beginning with a grand entry at 1:00pm and including a host drum and pow wow exhibition dances. Everyone is invited and welcome to join – intertribals, tiny tots, and social dances. This is a rare opportunity for the general public and visitors of the Seattle Center to experience a glimpse of the Native Pow Wow outside tribal settings. For information, please contact Annette Squetimkin-Anquoe, Pow Wow Coordinator, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Seattle Indian Health Board at (206) 324-9360.
Native Art Mart
The Native Art Mart is a unique element of the festival, a dynamic and diverse display of the artistry of Natives in all forms – painted, carved, sculpted and designed. As part of the Art Mart, artists can both display and sell their work, as well as enter their pieces in the Art Mart contest. For security, the Art Mart and all artist designs are displayed in the Armory Building.
Native Performers and Dance Groups
The Spirit of Indigenous People festival is an excellent platform to showcase the amazing diversity of both traditional and contemporary Native performers. From flutists to storytellers to singers to dancers – we invite you or your group to share your talents with our visitors! Performances are scheduled throughout the day on both the Armory Building and Mural Amphitheatre main stages.
Canoe Family Exhibit
This year, we hope to add another element to the festival highlighting the beauty and cultural richness of the Native Canoe Journey through the Canoe Family Exhibit. Families and groups who have participated in canoe journeys are invited to display their histories, documentaries, and canoes! For many of the general public visitors to the Seattle Center grounds, this will be the only opportunity for them to witness the amazing stories of our Canoe Family journeys and history!
You can also be a part of this exciting day by volunteering! We recruit volunteers to assist with stage direction, performer assistance, information table, greeting visitors and answering questions, and assisting festival coordinators. If you are interested, please fill out and return a Volunteer Application Form from this page.