The Water Resources Education Center and the North Bank’s Native American community will showcase regalia, song, dance and other activities at a special joint Second Saturday event from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Water Center. This free, family-friendly event, held in honor of Native American Heritage Month, will begin with a Chinook blessing, followed by traditional music and song. The highlight of the day will be the runway show, where guests can get an up-close look at the distinctive regalia (clothing and adornment) meaningful to each dancer and dance. The native dancers will share their personal stories and invite the entire audience to participate in a friendship dance. Celebrate the day with cake after the runway presentation.
This year, kids and families will also have the opportunity to hear about the Urban Native Community Network; view a 30-foot Chinook cedar canoe called Itsxut (bear); listen to stories of recent Canoe Journeys; play native games of skill and chance; paint feathers and enjoy other hands-on activities.
For more than a decade, the Water Center has observed Native American Heritage month in November by offering free activities that celebrate and recognize the countless contributions of Native Americans to our culture and society. The event also features kids’ crafts and activities and light refreshments. Visitors can also enjoy displays featuring information about the Cathlapotle Plankhouse at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, as well as exhibits of native beadwork and basketry.
The Water Resources Education Center is located at 4600 S.E. Columbia Way, just south of Highway 14. Every second Saturday of the month, the Water Center hosts a free, family-friendly day with educational activities, crafts, displays and shows designed especially for kids and their families. To learn more about the Water Center, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter or call Cory Samia at 360-487-7111.