First Nations Gather to Celebrate 100th Anniversary of A-Y-P, 11/20


For the first time in the history of the Burke Museum, seven different First Nations will gather for a contemporary music and performance event.  On November 20th at 7:30 pm, the Burke will showcase "Tribute to the Spirit: Little Big Band" at Meany Hall.  "Tribute" is a gathering of Native American performers, coming together to commemorate the end of the 100th Anniversary year of the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition (A-Y-P).


"Tribute" features the musical, dance and storytelling talents of Grammy Award-winning singer, Star Nayea; Tlingit storyteller, actor, musician, and motivational speaker, Gene Tagaban; electric bassist and Tlingit glass artist, Preston Singletary; violinist and comic Swil Kanim, and many others. These performers will combine the best of blues, rock, spoken word, and jazz with deep resonances of their traditional, Native culture.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for Burke Members, and $5 for youth and students 18 & over with ID.  $17 tickets are available for groups of 10 or more.  Contact the Burke Theatre at (206) 616-6473 or online at for more information.

The Tribute to the Spirit: Little Big Band concert on November 20th, and the related A-Y-P Symposium on November 21st complement the Burke Museum's current exhibit "A-Y-P: Indigenous Voices Reply."  The exhibit, concert, and free A-Y-P Symposium are all part of the citywide 100th anniversary of The Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition. The Burke's A-Y-P: Indigenous Voices Reply exhibit highlights sixteen contemporary artists who respond to the way that indigenous peoples were represented in the 1909 fair. The November 20th concert serves as a performance-based continuation of those responses, and features several Native American artists who are also represented in the Burke exhibit.

The Burke Museum is the Washington State Museum for natural history and culture, founded in
1899. The museum is located on the University of Washington campus, at the corner of NE 45th St and 17th Ave NE. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm on first Thursdays.  Admission: $9.50 general, $7.50 senior, $6 student/youth.  Admission is free to children 4 and under, Burke members, UW students, faculty, and staff. Admission is free to the public on the first Thursday of each month. The Burke Museum is an American Association of Museums Accredited Museum.

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