Kylee Butler of the Makah Tribe and Alisa Lawrence of the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe will share the stage for a Studium Generale presentation focused on Native arts, culture, service learning, and completion of their degrees on Thursday, June 8, beginning at 12:35 pm in Peninsula College’s Little Theater.
Butler is graduating with an AA degree, and Lawrence with a bachelor’s degree through the Peninsula College BAS program. A reception will follow in The House of Learning, ʔaʔk̓ʷustəƞáwt̓xʷ , Peninsula College Longhouse .
Butler’s presentation coincides with the opening of her art exhibit in the Longhouse Gallery, “Modern Utilitarian Basketry.” The exhibit presents baskets that are useful, that are part of working lives, rather than decorative or ornamental. Butler has taught numerous workshops on weaving not only to students and staff but to the larger community. She was a featured guest in late April, when the Writer in Residence and Visiting Elders Project partnered to offer a lecture focused on weaving, poetry, storytelling, and sharing cultural knowledge. This was followed by a dialogue among the three women, an inter-generational, interdisciplinary experience that was open to public and to students on campus, as well. Butler, who will graduate from Peninsula College on June 17, has inspired students and faculty, staff and administrators with her knowledge of weaving and her abilities to teach.
“When I made my first basket I didn’t appreciate working with cedar bark or learning this tradition,” she said. “When I learned that Natives were assimilated, and basketry was one of the traditions that survived it I felt it was important for me and inspired me to continue this tradition. The more experience I had weaving and the more I thought about the traditional uses of cedar bark I understood why certain natural materials were used and I wanted to make pieces of art that serve a purpose.”
Lawrence is graduating in June with a Bachelors of Applied Science in Applied Management. She chose to work with the Longhouse Team to complete an internship that was centered on Native Art. Her project was to design a way for visitors to Peninsula College to access the many, unique Native arts that have been purchased by or gifted to the college. Lawrence is 2015-2016 Longhouse Scholarship recipient. She notes that her “project was cultivated from the internship that's required to complete the [BAS] program and I chose something that would be beneficial to the Longhouse and the native community.”
The events are free and open to the public.
For more information contact Dr. Kate Reavey at firstname.lastname@example.org.