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As Grandmother Taught

As Grandmother Taught

Women, Tradition, and Plateau Art
  • Dates:
    Jul 23 - Nov 28 2021
  • Ages:
    All ages
  • Where:
    Washington State History Museum, fifth floor
  • Tickets:

    Included with museum admission

  • Accessibility:

    Mobility-accessible. Exterior ramps provide building access, elevators access all floors in the building, and wheelchairs are available at admissions.

As Grandmother Taught: Women, Tradition, and Plateau Art
On view through Nov 28, 2021
An exhibition from the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Spokane, WA.

The art of the indigenous cultures of the Columbia River plateau reflects traditional lifeways borne of an ancient and interdependent relationship with the natural world. Women have been the primary makers of the functional forms necessary to everyday life; materials and techniques are time-honed, having been perfected over generations.

Though traditional ways of life have evolved, women still carry forward this knowledge. This exhibition celebrates the work of three contemporary Plateau women alongside historic objects and images from the collections of the NWMAC.

The featured artists in this exhibition are:

  • Leanne Campbell – Schi’tsu’umsh (Coeur d’Alene Tribe of Indians), NiMiiPuu (Nez Perce Tribe), Sinixt (Arrow Lakes), P’squosa (Wenatchee), Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation;
  • Bernadine Phillips – Spuqspálqs (Okanogan/Wenatchi), Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation; and
  • HollyAnna CougarTracks DeCoteau Littlebull – Yakama (Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation), NiMíiPuu (Nez Perce Tribe), Cayuse (Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation).

Image credit:
Right horse: Woman’s Beaded Double Horned Saddle, NiMíipuu (Nez Perce Tribe). Wood, tanned hide, glass beads. W. F. Smith Collection, 130.7. Beaded Horse Mask, Umatilla (Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation). Wool, glass beads, tanned hide, hair, feather. Museum Purchase, 3939.1A. Beaded Martingale, Umatilla (Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation). Metal, wool, glass beads, tanned hide. Museum Purchase, 3939.1B. Braided Lariat, NiMíipuu (Nez Perce Tribe). Tanned hide. W. F. Smith Collection, 130.15. Beaded Saddle Pad, NiMíipuu (Nez Perce Tribe). Tanned hide, glass beads, cotton, metal, leather. W. F. Smith Collection, 130.44. Beaded Rump Drape, Plateau, Interior Salish/Sahaptin. Cotton, glass beads, wool, tanned hide. Museum Collection, NN94.152. Beaded Blanket, Plateau, Interior Salish/Sahaptin. Wool, glass bead, cotton, tanned hide. MONAC Collection, 3620.12. Beaded Baby Board, NiMíipuu (Nez Perce Tribe). Tanned hide, glass bead, cotton, wood, metal, feather. W. F. Smith Collection, 130.138. Woman’s Beaded Bag, Northern Plateau, Interior Salish/Sahaptin. Glass beads, cotton, wool, tanned hide. Museum Collection, NN96.14. All objects courtesy of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

Left horse: Horse Regalia, HollyAnna CougarTracks DeCoteau Littlebull – Yakama (Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation), NiMíiPuu (Nez Perce Tribe), Cayuse (Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation). Glass beads, cotton, wool, wood, tanned hide. Includes saddle, martingale, bridle, saddle blanket, rump drape. All objects courtesy of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.