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It's October! Welcome back to school and rainy cold weather!
Newsletter highlights for this month:

OFN exhibit "Rooted in Tradition"

Traditional Artist Spotlight: Alex Llumingo Perez

OFN's 2013-2014 GTF Bruno Seraphin

Native Creative Development Program Grants

Oregon Heritage Fellowships

Community Events



OFN exhibit
"Rooted in Tradition"

The Oregon Folklife Network’s exhibit "Rooted in Tradition" showcases the variety of OFN’s partnerships and productions at the University of Oregon around the state and at our hub, University of Oregon. The exhibit was developed in collaboration with the UO’s Library Diversity Committee and Library Exhibits Program. "Rooted in Traditon" is on display on the first floor of the Knight Library. 

There will be an exhibit reception on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 from 4 - 5:30 in the
Knight Library's Browsing Room. 
All are welcome!

Traditional Artist Spotlight: Alex Llumiquinga Perez

Alex Llumiquinga Perez is a talented musician originally from Ecuador. Perez's first teacher and inspiration was his grandfather, who played traditional Andean music. As a child,  Perez learned not only his grandfather's tunes but also those of popular Andean folk groups. Perez later joined the traditional group Chayag, and toured internationally. In 2001, Perez immigrated to Oregon and joined his wife in her home state of Oregon.  Perez is well known in Lincoln County where he participates in many local events and benefit programs. In addition to playing music, Perez also makes traditional Andean instruments such as the charango (a 10 stringed guitar) and samponas (a type of pan flute).
Click here to watch Alex Llumiquinga Perez craft a charango and quena (a type of flute).
Alex Llumiquinga "Construction of Charango and a Quena"
Alex Llumiquinga "Construction of Charango and a Quena"

Bruno Seraphin is a first-year master's student in the University of Oregon's Folklore Studies program. He has an undergraduate degree from New York University with a background in narrative and documentary film production. He just moved from North Carolina and is thrilled to be living on the West Coast and getting to know Oregon communities.


(Right) Bruno performing with the Green Grass Cloggers, an Asheville, NC based traditional dance group.


Native Creative Development program grants and master artist grant programs


The Evergreen Longhouse Education and Cultural Center-Northwest will be accepting applications for the Native Creative Development Program grants for individual artists (up to $2,000 each) and the Master Artist: Artists Teaching Artists Grant (up to $5,000 each) until November 15 which is just about 7 weeks away.  Native artists living in Oregon and Washington State are eligible to apply for both grants.
Native Creative Development Grants are designed to provide support to individual artists (visual, or performing based arts) in achieving their goals in their personal artistic development. Master Artists: Artists Teaching Artists is designed to provide art residencies and workshops to communities of Native people (both rural and urban) in a residency/workshop format on a particular type of artistic media or technique in visual, performing or literary arts. Projects may be initiated by either the master artist or a community seeking to bring an artist. Projects focusing on multiple generations of artists are especially encouraged.
Please download the applications here:
Completed applications and visual art images should be submitted via e-mail to Laura Grabhorn:
Artists in media based work should submit samples via mp3 or visual media website. DVDs and CDs are acceptable however. Also you can direct your questions about the programs to Laura as well.
Laura Grabhorn
Assistant Director
Longhouse Education and Cultural Center
360 867 6413

Application Deadline: October 25, 2013 

Full-time undergraduate and graduate students of an Oregon university or college  who are researching a topic related to history, geography, archaeology, cultural heritage, historic preservation or related topic in Oregon are encouraged to apply for an Oregon Heritage Fellowship. Fellowship recipients will present their research process and findings at the Oregon Heritage Conference the following spring. 

Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, will award up to three $2,000 fellowships to fulltime
students of an Oregon university or college for researching, writing and presenting a topic related to history, geography,
archaeology, cultural heritage, or historic preservation in Oregon.
Fellowship recipients will present their research process and findings at the 2014 Oregon Heritage Conference in April and may be invited to submit their project paper for possible publication in the Oregon Historical Quarterly. Fellows' research papers will also be posted on the Oregon Heritage website at
The Oregon Heritage Fellowship is provided to encourage thoughtful inquiry of Oregon's heritage by emerging scholars. Many new topics remain to be studied, and fresh perspectives on current topics are needed to keep the exploration of Oregon's history fresh and relevant. The fellowship offers a financial incentive for these research efforts and an opportunity to publicly share what is learned with the heritage community. The hope is that these efforts will stimulate further inquiry and discussion, and even lead to broader distribution through publications and other media.


 Cara Kaser
 Heritage Outreach Specialist
 Phone: (503) 986-0670

Community Events

Native Studies and Native community events

Here are some events taking place on the U of O campus this month
directly related to Native Studies and Native communities in the area.
In addition to Indigenous Solidarity Weekly programming organized by NASU, there is also an art exhibit reception at the Longhouse,
lecture by Potawatomi Nation professor Robin Kimmerer, and the inaugural Native Studies @ UO Research Colloquium series featuring Ethnic Studies professor Brian Klopotek. Please mark your calendars and feel free to forward this message to any/all interested parties.

For more information, as well as a comprehensive schedule of events, times, and locations, see: [1]

Kirby Brown
Assistant Professor of Native American Literatures
Department of English



Wednesday, October 9, 2013


Many Nations Longhouse

The Longhouse will be hosting a reception for Native American Artist who have art pieces on exhibit in the UO Longhouse on Wednesday the 9th at 5:30 p.m. Come and meet the artists and take time to get a good look at their work. I am hoping that you all help spread the word to make this an enjoyable event.

Gordon Bettles, Longhouse steward


Randy Weston's African Rhythms in Tribute to Obo Addy

presented by The Obo Addy Legacy Project and PDX Jazz

Saturday, October 19, 2013

7:30 pm

Lewis and Clark College Evans Auditorium

$30 general / $15 students

For ticket info:

NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston performs a tribute to the late Obo Addy: musician, teacher, leader, entertainer and above all awe-inspiring artist of numerous genres. Along with Addy's ensemble Okropong,  Weston will pay homage to Addy and his African inspired music. Close friend and colleague, Thara Memory will also honor Addy with a new composition performed by his American Music Program. A part of the Obo Addy Legacy Project in partnership with Lewis and Clark College, PDX Jazz and KMHD Radio.

Obo Addy was one of OFN's Traditional Artist Apprenticeship Program (TAAP) awardees in 2012. Addy's music, passion, and inspiration will truly be missed.



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