Siletz, OR -“SHARING OUR CULTURE, EDUCATING OUR COMMUNITY”is the theme for the Indian Fair set to take place on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Sponsored by The Siletz Tribal Arts and Heritage Society in cooperation with the Siletz Tribal Culture Department, the fair will be held at the National Guard Armory located at 541 SW Coast Hwy, Newport, Oregon. Everyone is invited to attend this free event from noon to 5pm.
The 2014 Indian Fair celebrates the 99th anniversary of the very first Indian Fair that was held in Siletz in 1915 and will be reminiscent of those earlier Indian Fairs as a time of sharing traditions, history and culture.
Displays of regalia, baskets and other art forms, both historic and contemporary will be available for viewing. Tribal programs will share the new and exciting ways that the Siletz Tribal culture is being taught and practiced in today’s world including: healthy lifestyles that are part of the cultural heritage of the Tribe; conservation of resources and the land; teaching of native language, and many other aspects.
A wide array of items created by Native artists and crafts people will be on sale and, of course, Indian Tacos will be available to delight the tastebuds.
This year’s fair will be an attempt to begin the revival of what was once a hugely successful example of Siletz tribal talent and will continue expand each and every year, with new events and categories implemented as it grows.
The Siletz Tribal Arts and Heritage Society (STAHS), a non-profit organization, was formed in 2011. Its’ mission is to support and promote the practice, conservation and restoration of the tribal cultures of the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians.
Call (541) 351-8663 for further information.