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October 5 Artwalk at CWU Features Nature and Tradition in Native American Art

October 1, 2012

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — The October 5 First Friday Artwalk venues at Central Washington University will feature works by local and traditional Native American artists.

At 4 p.m., the Museum of Culture and Environment will host the dedication of John Hoover’s 1971 sculpture, Man Who Married an Eagle. The artist’s family will be in attendance. Hoover, who died last September at the age of 91, was a revered Alaskan sculptor, known for his creation of contemporary art pieces based on Native Alaskan traditions.

The exhibit, Gifts of the Earth: Nature and Tradition in Native American Art, will be on display from 5 to 7 p.m., at the University Reception Center, 211 E. 10th Ave, featuring artists Anna Hoover (daughter of John Hoover), Helen Jim, and Sam Clack. The exhibit will be hosted by Jim and Katie Gaudino.

Anna Hoover is an Alaskan-based artist, whose images and installations promote environmental awareness and activism. Helen Jim is a Yakama artist who is an expert in the art of woven ceremonial basket hats traditionally worn as head coverings by Yakama women leaders during the gathering and feast of the first foods in the spring. Clack is the niece of Helen Jim and heir to the basketmaking legacy that is vital to their community.

Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,

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