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Community Celebration Event


Community connects us, supports us, and is essential to our well being. As we come together at Four Directions, we share the rich resources of wisdom and experience as we work with and learn from each other. It is also important to take time to share laughter, bread bread, and celebrate. This year’s Community Event is a celebration that brings us together to enjoy traditional and contemporary music, dance, and performance art. Bring your drum, flute, or even your violin, and join in the experience, if you’d like!

Wednesday, September 20, 6-8:30 pm

Included in all Main Conference Registrations – Guest tickets available

Featured Artists:

Susan Aglukark

Susan Aglukark is an Inuk singer/songwriter from the territory of Nunavut. The challenges of the early years of her singing career became the catalysts for her healing and connecting deeper with her culture and people, the Inuit.

Javoen Byrd photo

Javoen Byrd is an Olympia-based Ethnomusicologist. He is dedicated to providing multicultural education and healing through drum facilitation across the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Mitch Factor, Seminole and Menominee Indian, comedian, and teacher. He is one of the top Indian comedians in the United States. Mitch has performed for National Indian conferences, casinos, music festivals, Pow Wows, Indian Head Start programs, Indian banquets, and private corporate events across the US.

Swil Kanim

Swil Kanim, US Army Veteran, world class virtuoso violinist, Native storyteller, and actor, is a member of the Lummi Nation. Swil Kanim brings healing and hope through music, fine arts, and storytelling to explore how authentic expression contributes to healthy communities. He encourages all to Honor Your Vision – Follow Your Passion.

Gene Tagaban

Gene Tagaban – “One Crazy Raven” – is a storyteller, a counselor, a trainer, a teacher. Gene is of the Takdeintaan clan, the Raven, Freshwater Sockeye clan from Hoonah, Alaska. He is the Child of the Wooshkeetan clan, the Eagle, Shark clan from Juneau, Alaska. He is Cherokee, Tlingit, and Filipino.

Cowlitz Drum Group