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Columbia River Indian Autumn

November 4, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Don’t miss Columbia River Indian Autumn, Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. Admission is free, and features artisans, musicians and vendors from our regional Native American community.

FREE ADMISSION 9 am – 5 pm


  • 10am – 3 pm — Indian Games for Kids with Steve & Alyssa
  • 9-4 am — Tule Man Taaw-Lee Winch, Tule mat weaving
  • 10 am – 11 am — Marylee Jones, Native plants
  • 11 am — Eagle Tour
  • 10-4 am — Pat Courtney Gold Basketry Workshop,(Classroom)
  • 11 am – 12 pm — “Iksiks Washanahl’a” Little Swans Dancers
  • 12-1 pm — Foster Kalama, Native American Flute
  • 12-2 pm — $15 Salmon Luncheon/Brigette & Sean McConville, Salmon King Fisheries
  • 2 pm — Eagle Tour
  • 3-5 pm — Indian Games for Kids, Jefferson Green


The programming will include flute music by Foster Kalama, tule mat making demonstrations by Taaw-lee-Winch, Native Plants with Marylee Jones, traditional Indian games and drumming with Jefferson Greene, a Northwest Twined Pouch workshop with Pat Courtney Gold, “Iksiks Washanahl’a” Little Swans Dancers, and local craft vendors.

Enjoy a traditional Native American Salmon bake, beginning at 12 noon. The salmon will be prepared by Brigette and Sean McConville who will demonstrate traditional methods of preparing and cooking fish. The $15 luncheon will include side salads. In addition, Indian Fry Bread prepared by the Kalama family will be available for purchase. The McConvilles, from Warm Springs, maintain Salmon King Fisheries, a fishing and retail business on the Warm Springs Reservation. Lunch is available for $15 on a first come, first serve basis, so get here early. No reservations are required. Jadine Kalama will be selling Indian Fry Bread, which combines a tasty fried bread mix, with some sweetness and flavored with a bit of heaven.

Jefferson Greene

Jefferson Greene

What did Native kids do for fun before the days of television, iPhones and video games? Our education staff will be offering some old-fashioned activities for kids. For centuries, Native tribes throughout the Americas have played games for fun, development of senses, accuracy, sportsmanship, and teaching determination. Games for kids will be available all day, including drum and song games, Hoop Toss, Hoop & Arrow, Kick Bags, Rock in Fist, Ring the Stick, Kickball racing and dice games. Jefferson Greene from Warm Springs will join us with additional games for children from 3 to 5 pm.

Taaw-Lee-Winch is an elder in the Warm Springs Tribe. He will be demonstrating the techniques of making tule mats, and showcasing the Wasco Regalia he has made. Since he was a young man, he has studied traditional Wasco songs, arts, tribal practices and rituals. He is a master craftsman of ceremonial tule mats and the deer hoof embellished items that men wear. Taaw-lee-Winch is a great conversationalist who is pleased to share the traditional culture and the tribal history of his Wasco people.

From 10 am to 11, Marylee Jones (Yakama) will talk about the importance of First Foods and Native Plants in the diet and the ceremonial use for them for weddings and other events. Drawing from cultural wisdom passed down by her elders, Marylee will present the importance of these cultural foods in the Indigenous culture and the efforts to protect the environment where native plants traditionally grow.

Ko-Na Foster Kalama (Warm Springs) will be playing Native American flute from 12 to 1 pm. He has taught music for a number of years at Oregon schools and plays the flute and drum. Foster says, “I have been taught by an Elder that I have to play from my Heart. He told me that our instruments are spiritual instruments, and that our songs are borrowed from the Heavens.” Kalama traces his lineage from Hawaiian King Kamehameha and Queen Kalama as well as Old Chief Joseph. He grew up in Warm Springs, Oregon and prefers to stay as close as possible to traditional ways. He is a peace pipe carrier for his family and people as well as a musician.

Pat Courtney Gold is Wasco Native, a descendant of the “Long Narrows Wascos. She is a master weaver and will be giving a Northwest Twined Pouch workshop. Besides doing artwork, she lectures about the Columbia River Native cultures to universities and museums.

“Iksiks Washanahl’a” Little Swans Dancers will be performing from 11 am to 12 pm. The “Iksiks Washanahl’a” Little Swans group members include Indigenous grandmothers, mothers, and daughters. The daughters are the dancers and the mothers and grandmothers sing. Each dance tells a cultural story from the plateau area of Indian Country that has been carried down for generations.


Anyone who spends $100 or more in the Columbia River Trading Co. museum store will be given a free Family Membership, a $75 value.


Several Native vendors will be on hand with exquisite art, beadwork, jewelry, and hand-made crafts. Get a jump on the holidays and find some gifts for loved ones that reflect the authentic and unique Native art from the Columbia River region.

• Salmon King Fisheries, Canned Salmon products
• Foster Kalama — CDs
• Tule Man – Tule Mats, necklaces
• Aurolyn Stwyer, Red Skye Trading Post — beadwork, drums, fine art, jewelry, ribbon shirts
• Jadine Kalama – Fry Bread
• Justine Begay – Jewelry
• Beatrice Lopez – Necklaces, bracelets, wampum beads
• Ed Edmo – poems, shirts, books, etc
• Vivian Harrison — Yakama Beadwork
• Lea Chulik— Pendleton bags, potholders, rattles & drums, jewelry, bumper stickers
• Christine & Tana Buckminster – Cups, magnets, artist paintings
• Maxine Elder – Abalone & beaded jewelry
• Paul Kuneki – Canned fish, Huckleberry jam, beadwork
• Thelma Alsup – Beadwork, Pendleton scarves, mocassins

“We want to offer the opportunity for local indigenous peoples to showcase their culture and history at our facility,” said Executive Director Carolyn Purcell.  This is part of an ongoing Indigenous Voices Project funded in part by grants from Trust Management Services, Oregon Historic Trails Fund and Wy’East Fund of Oregon Community Foundation, and Oregon Folklife Network.  Additional sponsorship was provided by Weston Kia, Gresham.

For more information call 541-296-8600 ext. 201, or visit