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Friends of the Market Newsletter

November 2016


Holiday Preparations

Fall is truly upon us. The Halloween decorations are down, and the PDA staff is already preparing the Market for the Holiday season.  Kick off for the traditional Magic in the Market will be held on November 26th, with day-long festivities culminating in the lighting of the tree and holiday lights throughout the Market.

Once again this year, there will be validation for one hour of free parking. Anyone entering the Public Market Garage through the Western entrance between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. will receive a "park one hour free" coupon redeemable on that day.  So plan on coming down, enjoying the atmosphere (and doing some shopping while you're here!)

November seems an appropriate time (given the Thanksgiving story that is part of our history) to consider the contribution of the Native peoples to Pike Place Market.  This relationship reaches way back in history. After all, Chief Seattle's daughter, Princess Angelina, had her cabin just steps from the new MarketFront development!

Totems Poles of Victor Steinbrueck Park

While the proposed Historical Commission briefing on the totem poles in Victor Steinbreuck Park did not happen and has not been rescheduled, here is what some research has revealed:

The native pole, which is in the northwest corner of the Park, was designed by Marvin Oliver, at the request of Victor Steinbreuck.  Marvin is part Salish, a tribe of coastal Washington. When work on the totem pole was not progressing in a timely fashion, Victor found in James Bender someone with the knowledge, the skill, and the willingness to complete the project.

James is not of tribal heritage, but has a fascination with Native carving.  Like traditional carvers, James has made his own tools. He honed his skills working under master carver Duane Pasco, helping with the poles in Pioneer Square.  

For the northern pole, James reworked Marvin's design, which incorporated the totem animals of bear, hawk and orca.  The southern pole was designed by Victor and James. They took the traditional art form and images and translated them onto a contemporary Seattle version. A series of photos on James's website  records the carving and placement of these totem poles.

There is sometimes controversy over non-Natives (like James) working with traditional Native art forms and design. Indeed, this issue may come up in discussions about renovations to Victor Steinbrueck Park. (The next briefing on conceptual design changes to the Park will be given at a special meeting of the Market Historical Commission on November 16th, 4:30 p.m., 93 Pike St. Room 307.)

Native-Owned 8th Generation Opens

Louie Gong makes the distinction between "Native-inspired art" and "inspired Native art". Louie's store, the 8th Generation, is a fine example of the latter.  8th Generation, which recently opened in the Economy Market building, displays Louie's own art and that of other Native people. It is the first Native-owned business in Pike Place Market. Louie is of Nooksack heritage, as well as Chinese, French and Scottish.

8th Generation offers not only gallery space, but also gathering space as well.  In late October, Louie hosted an event celebrating the partnership of 8th Generation with the Evergreen State College Longhouse.  Thanks to this partnership and with support from the First People's Fund, four Longhouse artists will be given artist-in-residence opportunities in this new space--another example of the Market's traditional role of being a place for start-up, owner-operated and/or marginal enterprises.

Chief Seattle Club Support

There is a continuing relationship between the Market Foundation and the Chief Seattle Club.  The Chief Seattle Club offers human resource services to Native people, including medical support, housing assistance, computer training and access to other benefits. These programs are offered at its Pioneer Square Center. A grant from the Market Foundation has allowed the Center to remain open on weekends.  

The Foundation also intends that the Community Neighborhood Center opening next year in the MarketFront building will offer new programming opportunities for the Chief Seattle Club--and in a space very close to where Princess Angelina had her cabin.

Elections Scheduled 

There is another election to consider (besides the big one on Tuesday the 8th). On November 14th, at the Friends of the Market Annual Meeting, the membership will vote on four candidates to serve on the FoM Board for three-year terms.  The nominees are Paul Dunn, John Ogliore, Christine Vaughan and Stephanie Young. Joan Singler has been nominated to fill the position vacated by Ryan Packer, who has resigned to pursue other civic interests. (Ryan has promised to stay in touch, and we thank him for his valuable service, especially with the FoM Market Tours!) The Annual Meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Pink Door. Hope to see you there!

As always, questions, comments and suggestions are welcome at my email address below.


Written by Christine Vaughan, 

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