On Thursday January 24 at 5:30 p.m. join the Museum of Culture & Environment (MCE) at Central Washington University for a talk by Anna Hoover, Native Alaskan fisherwoman and artist.
Hoover will discuss the impending environmental issues in Bristol Bay, Alaska, where foreign investors Anglo American and Northern Dynasty are moving forward with plans to open Pebble Mine—a copper, gold, and molybdenum mine which would be located at the headwaters of one of the last wild sockeye salmon streams in Alaska. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, the mine “ . . . will inflict irreversible damage on Bristol Bay—including the permanent destruction of 60 miles of salmon habitat.”
Though investors assert that Pebble Mine will create jobs and bring in additional tax revenue, others argue that it will threaten other industries, such as commercial fishing and recreation activities. Hoover, who spends most summers fishing in Bristol Bay, joins others fighting the mine with her exhibition “fashion STATEMENT: Native Artists Against Pebble Mine,” now showing at the MCE until March 16, 2013.
This exhibit features original art from 13 Native artists from around the world who confront the threat of Pebble Mine through in an unlikely medium: t-shirts. The goal for Hoover is to start a “fashion” of wearable art that both educates about Bristol Bay and protests Pebble Mine.
“I have spent my entire life returning summer after summer to Bristol Bay along with millions of salmon that for millennia have spawned in this area,” said Hoover. “It is not just a resource to me, but an important part of my existence, and I recognize the importance of the health of the bay in order for the continued sustainability of the entire region’s ecosystem.” The t-shirts featured in the exhibit are for sale at www.nativeartistsagainstpebblemine.com
This MCE event is free and open to the public. For more information about this and other events at the MCE, visit our website, www.cwu.edu/museum or like us on Facebook. The MCE email address is firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call the MCE at (509) 963-2313. The MCE is open Wednesday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Parking is free on the CWU campus on weekends and holidays.