The all-volunteer STAHS Board of Directors (Board) made real progress toward their primary goal to build the Siletz Tribal Cultural Center on Government Hill in Siletz.
The Siletz Tribal Cultural Center will be a 20,000 square foot three story building constructed on top of Government Hill adjacent to the Community Center and across the street from the Veterans Memorial.
The scale of the Cultural Center will match the scale of the Community Center. The day-lighted basement will house the repository and archives. The main floor will include museum/visitor space and a replica of the cedar plank dance house down by the Siletz River. The dance house space will be the first spot tour visitors will see. The attic space will include a classroom and research space.
We have now reached Phase II of the Siletz Tribal Cultural Center. Phase I was the design and construction of the future studio space cultural classes built to serve the immediate need for a “repository” to store cultural collections and archives until the Cultural Center is built.
On December 5, 2019 STAHS Chairman Gloria Ingle and Board if Director Celesta Lee attended a grant writing workshop offered by the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) in Lincoln City, Oregon.
OCF is where the David Hatch Endowment is held. As STAHS gets closer to our initial goal of $2.5 million we will be able to secure grant funding for the operation of the Siletz Cultural Center with the museum component.
Three more sleeps and it is time for the Indian Fair & Marketplace! On Saturday, November 23rd from 9AM to 3pm at Chinook Winds in Lincoln City, Oregon the Siletz Tribal Arts & Heritage Society will be on hand with our merchandise; sweatshirts, tumblers, cookbooks and the Siletz Tribal history book. There will be over two dozen other vendors; some with informational displays and others with merchandise for sale. Come by while you are out & about for your holiday shopping or on your trip to where it is Better at the Beach!
The Siletz Tribal Arts and Heritage Society is proud to present the 2019 Siletz Indian Fair & Marketplace on Saturday, November 23. Sponsored by the Siletz Tribal Arts & Heritage Society. The Indian Fair & Marketplace will be held at Chinook Winds Casino Resort. The public is invited to attend this free event from 9am-3pm.
The 2019 Indian Fair commemorates the 104th anniversary of the very first Indian Fair that was held in Siletz in 1915. It will be reminiscent of those earlier Indian Fairs as a time of sharing traditions, history and culture.
A wide array of items created by Native artists and crafts people will be on display including regalia, baskets and other art forms, both historic and contemporary. Native vendors will have items for sale just in time for Christmas shopping!
You are invited to join in this educational celebration of the rich culture and history of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians.
The Siletz Tribal Arts and Heritage Society (STAHS), a non-profit organization, was formed in 2011 with the mission to support and promote the practice, conservation and restoration of the tribal cultures of the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians.
We have had a great weekend at the Siletz Nesika Illahee Pow Wow! We have sold lots of sweatshirts and have a few left! If we are out of your size, no worries, we will be getting more in and are taking orders now. Stop by the booth today, 11AM – 3PM.
Raffle prizes included … two baskets with the STAHS Cookbook, “A Time to Wail” by Grace Elting Castle, Smoke Signals DVD, and some other great items. A beautiful skirt and necklace created by Cynthia Farlow. Plus a couple canvas prints that highlight images from our postcards.
The Board of Directors applied for funds from the Siletz Charitable Contribution Funds for the Dave Hatch Memorial Endowment and capital building campaign. STAHS was awarded $30,000 and the Board is elated with the continued support from the Siletz Tribe and the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund.
The Board’s upcoming fundraiser is the pre-sale of black & white sweatshirts that will go towards supporting the capital building campaign. More information will be coming!
This is the third year for the Siletz Arts and Heritage Society to present the STAHS Award to a person who has taken measures to promote, celebrate and share the unique qualities, history and culture of indigenous peoples of this continent.
This year’s recipient, Roger Robertson, has been a champion for the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians for many years, over the air waves, at meetings, in promoting many Tribal events, and promoting good will on behalf of the indigenous people of the area. From the opening of the casino in 1995 to the present day, he has helped to celebrate the many contributions of the Siletz Tribe.
In 2018, the STAHS Board completed the shovel ready architectural plans for the Siletz Cultural Center & Museum to 90% (the 10% will be completed once all funds are raised to break ground), settled upon the name “Dee-Ne Dvn (The People’s Place)” which has been listed on the plans and part of the discussion over the last decade in the plans to bring the Museum to reality. The museum will be a place for the people, the Tribal membership to have a place to call their own to not only visit the artifacts, have a place to loan their personal artifacts but also to continue the art and heritage of our people.
In 2019, the Board will be aggressively working on the capital building campaign.
STAHS board members attended meetings with AKANA and CTSI staff to review architectural design progress of the Cultural Center throughout the year.
Early in 2016 an application was prepared and submitted requesting $200,000 in EPR funds as seed money for the capitol fund for the Siletz Tribal Cultural Center. The geological work holdup was resolved and core samples from the hill were analyzed to determine the foundation design of the future Cultural Center.
In March, the geo-technical investigation was completed and the board reviewed the building design and work schedule. Planning for the May “Past is Present” event was in full swing. Jerome Viles accepted the Board position as Secretary.
CTSI approved the request for $200,000 in EPR funds to be designated as seed money for the capitol fund for the Siletz Tribal Cultural Center in April. $25,000 was also awarded on April 22nd to STAHS from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund for the capital fund dedicated for the construction of the Siletz Tribal Cultural Center.
On May 21st The STAHS board presented “The Past is Present” at Chinook Winds Casino Resort. Several interaction events were part of the presentation, including the opportunity to listen to historic tapes of elders such as Francis Johnson, speaking Takelma language, current photos of Tribal Elders taken along with oral history recordings and basket weaving demonstrations by current accomplished Siletz basket weavers. In May, the STAHS Board presented a review to the Tribal Council of the progress being made toward the building of the Cultural Center.
Sophie Kaady joined the board in June and took on the Treasurer position.
A display showing the architectural sketches of the proposed Cultural Center and the scale model was set up at the Nesika Illahee Pow Wow in August and STAHS also had a float in the Parade.
With the passing of Dave Hatch in September, the meeting for that month was cancelled and the Board waited until October 29th to meet. At that meeting, Shawna Gray joined the Board. Josh Eddings and Gloria Ingle became Co-Chairs for STAHS. Action was taken to establish the Dave Russell Hatch Memorial Endowment for the Siletz Cultural Center curator position. Future marketing and advertising of the Cultural Center was discussed.
STAHS contributed items to the Elders Restoration Pow Wow raffle in November.
In December STAHS participated in the Festival of Trees at Chinook Winds Casino – a charity event that gives STAHS exposure to the North Lincoln County community and community leaders. Shawna Gray created a wreath on behalf of the Board that was donated and in turn it raised $300 toward the charity and was voted the best on display with a people’s choice award. AKANA completed 3D models of the Cultural Center. The STAHS Board began work with the Oregon Community Foundation to create an endowment for the cultural center curator position.