Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center
Sunday, April 7, 2019, 10:00 – 2:00 PM
Workshop: Indigenous Gathering Practices

Local tribal and Indigenous community members are invited to join Sara Siestreem in a field-based workshop that explores gathering natural materials for art, medicine, and food as a basic sovereign right of Indigenous people. Siestreem will lead participants in thinking through continuing traditions that are crucial for community connectivity, spiritual mental health, and the development of productive land management and engagement strategies. The program will be hosted at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center and a nearby site in Discovery Park.

Acknowledging the presence of Cottonwood tree buds as a sign of spring, Siestreem will guide the group in connecting to the location; share the medicinal and spiritual benefits of the tree’s buds, and the processes for cultivating its use. Workshop participants will be invited to partake in a community meal, where discussions around plant to human knowledge transference can continue, along with utopic visioning, and modes of survivance as it relates to these multi-faceted practices.

Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos and American, born 1976) is from the Umpqua River Valley in southwestern Oregon. She is a Master Artist, Educator, and Theorist. Siestreem graduated Phi Kappa Phi with a BS from PSU in 2005. She earned an MFA with distinction from Pratt Art Institute in 2007. She is represented by Augen Gallery in Portland and her work has been shown in museums and figures in prestigious private and public collections nationally. She teaches studio arts at PSU and traditional Indigenous weaving practices for The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians.

This program is in partnership with yәhaw̓, a year-long Indigenous community-based project culminating in the inaugural exhibition at Seattle Office Of Arts & Culture’s ARTS at King Street Station from March 23 - August 3, 2019, in which Sara Siestreem will have work on view. The exhibition is accompanied by a mentorship training cohort, satellite shows, residencies, vendor opportunities and partner programs. yәhaw̓ will feature the work of 200+ Indigenous creatives at over 20 sites across Seattle and beyond. Curated by Tracy Rector (Choctaw/Seminole), Asia Tail (Cherokee), and Satpreet Kahlon, yәhaw̓ celebrates the depth and diversity of Indigenous art made in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more at


Please note that this workshop is intended for tribal members and Indigenous folks.

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