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By Lillian A. Ackerman

Among local American Plateau humans, ladies are very important tradition bearers, answerable for passing non secular values from one new release to the following by means of many ability, together with handbook paintings types, tales, and songs. This booklet explores all the Plateau arts by way of local American legends and poems, articles by means of numerous students, and interviews with local American girls artists.

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She was carrying a small stool in her hand. She positioned the chair facing toward the sunrise. There was another loud squeak from the screen door and five little children came out, rubbing their eyes and yawning. They were boys and girls of different ages, ranging from four to eight years old. They quietly seated themselves on the right side of their grandmother. They didn't scuffle or push. They didn't make a sound. They sat quietly, waiting. The sky began to turn from blue to pink and gold. Grandmother reached up to the top of her head to smooth her rumpled white hair, ran her hands down to the end of her tiny braids.

Or it might be when our elder tells us it is time to go to the mountain peak to fast and seek a spirit guide. The thought of being all alone out there, isolated on a mountain surrounded by killer animals ready to pounce on you, is enough to frighten you to rebellion. You do not dare to refuse. This story begins in a makeshift hut sitting a few hundred yards away from the home. Inside is a young girl looking frightened. Her clothes are rumpled; her eyes are covered with a dark cloth. Beside her is a long scratching stick.

We gratefully acknowledge the private collectors and museums in the Northwest who participated in the Song to the Creator exhibit at the WSU Museum of Art. A special thankyou is owed to the featured artists, many of whom created works specifically for this exhibition. Museums lending to the 1996 exhibition included Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming; Cheney Cowles Museum, Eastern Washington Historical Society, Spokane, Washington; Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta; The High Desert Museum, Bend, Oregon; Idaho Historical Museum, Boise, Idaho; Maryhill Museum, Goldendale, Washington; Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, Montana; Nez Perce National Historical Park, Spalding, Idaho; Oregon Historical Society, Portland, Oregon; Thomas Burke Memorial Washington State Museum, Seattle, Washington; University of Oregon, State Museum of Anthropology, Eugene, Oregon; Washington State Historical Society, Tacoma, Washington; and Yakima Valley Museum, Yakima, Washington.

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