See special guests Khu.éex’ (pronounced koo-eex), co-founded by artist and musician Preston Singletary, at IN THE SPIRIT Northwest Native Festival on August 11. Khu.éex’ translates to “Potlatch” in the Tlingit language. The Seattle Times (Paul de Barros) described Khu.éex’ as "...mixing Native American song and spoken word with atmospheric, visionary jazz improvisation in a way that recalls the ecstatic ’70s jazz-funk work of groups like Weather Report or Carlos Santana."  

IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts Exhibition
IN THE SPIRIT Northwest Native Festival

Explore the In The Spirit Contemporary Native Art exhibition at the History Museum from June 30 through August 12, 2018. See 29 works by 21 Native artists! More here.

In the Spirit, celebrating its 13th year, offers an opportunity for contemporary Native artists to display their work at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma.  Accepted artwork will also be eligible for awards and monetary prizes including Best of Show, Honoring the Northwest, Honoring Tradition, Honoring Innovation, and the People's Choice awards. 

Join the History Museum and Tacoma Art Museum for
IN THE SPIRIT Northwest Native Festival
August 11, 2018, 12:00-7:00 PM.

The History Museum and Tacoma Art Museum present IN THE SPIRIT Northwest Native Festival. Experience this indoor/outdoor celebration of Native cultures! Dancing, drumming, singing, shopping at the arts market, and a Native designer runway fashion show will take place in and around both museums. 

The festival is open to the public free of charge. Connect with a diverse group of Native artists and shop a wide range of exquisite work in all price ranges. Admission to both TAM and WSHM is free all day!

Festival Schedule:

  • 10:00 AM – 5:00 PMFree museum admission at both Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) and Washington State History Museum (WSHM)

  • 12:00 – 7:00 PM – Festival hours
    • Arts Market with vendors at both museums. Note: booths at TAM close at 5:00 PM.
    • Carving demonstrations with Earl Davis at WSHM
    • Price Family Fry Bread Tacos at WSHM
  • 12:00 – 5:00 PM – Art making at TAM

  • 1:00 PM - Contemporary Native Fashion Show in the TAM lobby

  • 2:30 PM Rona Yellow Robe, Cree/African-American flute in the WSHM amphitheater

  • 3:30 PM – Alaska Kuteeyaa Dancers, Haida & Tlingit dance and song in the WSHM amphitheater

  • 5:00 PM – People’s Choice awards announced for IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts exhibit, in the WSHM amphitheater

  • 5:00 PM – museum buildings close

  • 5:15 – The band Khu.eex’ performs in the WSHM amphitheater

  • 7:00 PM – festival ends

Vendors at Tacoma Art Museum:

  • Mary Kelsay, Unangax, MEKA clothing
  • Leslie Holt, Spokane, AJs   
  • Britt Rynearson, Confederated tribes of the Colville reservation
  • Vince Redhouse, Navajo
  • Suzanne L. Cross, Saginaw Chippewa
  • LaVerne and Michelle Kearns, Muskogee/ Kickapoo
  • Lisa Telford, Haida, artist
  • Sam Dimmick, Cookinlet regional Corp Alaska

Vendors at Washington State History Museum:

  • Natasha Romero, Taos Pueblo
  • Jeanette Huber/April Jones, Jicarilla Apache Nation/Taos Pueblo
  • Linley B. Logan, Onondowaga (aka Seneca Nation)
  • Jeffrey Veregge, Port Gamble S'Klallam
  • Patti Puhn, Squaxin Island Tribe
  • Vickie Era, Alutiiq/Koniag (Alaska)
  • Denise Emerson, Navajo/Skokomish
  • George & Al Zantua, Tsimshian/Haida
  • Prices' Frybread Tacos, Navajo & Port Gamble S'Klallam
  • Sue, Israel and Autumn Shotridge, Tlingit
  • Charles W Bloomfield and Rebecca Feld, Pyramid Lake Paiute/Saanich/Lummi   
  • Earl Davis, Shoalwater Bay
  • Jeff Ferguson, Spokane
  • Native Pathways Program

Special thanks to IN THE SPIRIT Northwest Native Festival Advisory Committee and festival sponsors: The Suquamish Foundation, Potlatch Fund, Tulalip Tribe, The Bamford Foundation, Tacoma Arts Commission, YMCA and The Haub Family Endowment.

View a photo gallery of artwork, performances, and vendors from past IN THE SPIRIT exhibitions and festivals. 

Questions about IN THE SPIRIT exhibition or festival? Contact Molly Wilmoth at 253-798-5926 or