The Columbia River Plateau has the dubious distinction of being the sole North American culture region whose distinct Indigenous beadwork traditions are popularly identified as being products of outside influences. In this Museum After Hours presentation, Maryhill Museum of Art curator Steven L. Grafe will examine this phenomenon and illustrate the uniqueness of the three main styles of Plateau Native beadwork dating from 1860-1960.
Museum After Hours is a free monthly presentation series to be held on the last Thursday of every month. Fort Walla Walla Museum provides a space for community congregation, discussion, and debate. The events touch on topics ranging from regional culture and history to the roles and responsibilities of museums within our community. The talks take place at 5:00 pm from March through October and 4:00 pm from November through February.