Second Sunday at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse: The Power of Indigenizing Curatorial Practice

Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 12:00pm
Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
28908 NW Main Ave.
Ridgefield, WA 98642
United States

Where:  Cathlapotle Plankhouse at the Carty Unit on the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

28908 NW Main Ave, Ridgefield, WA 98642

When:  September 11th, 2016

What:  Please join us for our final Second Sunday event of the season. We invite you to enjoy an exceptional presentation on contemporary curatorial practices regarding indigenous art, a naturalists lead ethnobotany hike, and family friendly activities. In addition to scheduled activities the Plankhouse will be open for visitors from 12:-4:00 pm for informal tours and Q&A for visitors to learn about local indigenous culture.

 1:00 pm:  The Power of Indigenizing Curatorial Practice with Dr. Deanna Dartt

Over the past five years, the Portland Art Museum has gained national attention for its efforts to bring Native American Art to the forefront of its exhibitions and programming, and for the way its Native American Art collection is curated.

In this intimate presentation Dr. Deana Dartt, outgoing curator of the Native American Collection for the PAM, will discuss her role in guiding this effort to ethically address the impact of native representation in the Museum and her vision for the future of the Museum's collection of indigenous art after she steps down in September.

Additionally, Dr. Dartt will also share her plans for the future as she prepares for her transition from curator to author; including finishing her book Negotiating the Master Narrative, to be published by the University of Nebraska Press. This examines how art, historical, and anthropological institutions are moving towards incorporating indigenous voices in their curation practices.

3:00 pm:  Guided Naturalist Hike
Join a Refuge Naturalist looking at the relationship that the Chinookan People of Cathlapotle had with their landscape. We will identify culturally significant plants, as well as explore how the environment influences culture and culture influences the environment. Participants meet in front of the Plankhouse and should be prepared for a 1 mile hike on moderately uneven terrain.

12:-4:00 pm:  Plankhouse Tours and Children's Activities
Ongoing guided Plankhouse tours are available or feel free to explore the House on your own. Activities exploring local culture and nature are designed give kids a hands-on connection to the Refuge.

Cost:  Refuge admission is $3 per vehicle. Save money, carpool with friends and family!

Contact:  Sarah Hill - Cathlapotle Plankhouse Coordinator - 360.887.4106 or

Funding for this program has been generously provided by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to providing access to this event for all participants. Please direct all requests for sign language, interpreting services, closed captioning, or other accommodation needs to Sarah Hill at the contact information provided above.

Cathlapotle Plankhouse at the Carty Unit on the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
Venue Details: 
This event is at the Carty Unit of the Ridgefield NWR. Google Maps will take you to the River S Unit. These two sections of the Refuge are not connected and have separate entrances.
$3.00 admission to the Refuge, event is free.

Contact Information

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Sarah Hill
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