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Native American Weaver to Tell of Her Work Tonight
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See Sara Siestreem’ unique work at the Sun Valley Museum of Art.
   
Thursday, May 23, 2024
 

STORY AND PHOTO BY KAREN BOSSICK

Sit in on a virtual artist talk with Sara Siestreem, a weaver from the Hanis Coos tribe of Oregon, tonight.

Siestreeem is one of the artists featured in the Sun Valley Museum of Art’s the Intertwined: Weaving in Community exhibition.

Weather prevented her from attending the opening reception and so she agreed to do a livestream talk tonight as part of the Evening Exhibition Tour

The free tour starts at 5:30 p.m. Siestreem will talk at 6 p.m. Her talk can be watched at the museum or it can be viewed at home via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86537782462?mc_cid=bd78b27662&mc_eid=0227938504#success

Siestreem is a 48-year-old Portland, Ore., woman who has taught traditional Native weaving to Oregon’s Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw people to preserve indigenous knowledge that was nearly lost during the 19th century. Her works in the exhibition include a newly commissioned sculpture made from ceramic, fiber and natural materials, as well as woven, 3-D printed and cast ceramic baskets.

A Hanis Coos tribal member from the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, she grew up in the Lower Umpqua River Valley of Oregon and in Portland, learning arts from family elders and formal colleges at U.S. art schools. Seistreem has taught studio arts at Portland State University, pre-college painting at Pacific Northwest College of Art and tribal museum studies at the Northwest Indian College in Washington.

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