Artist Demonstrations and Films Planned in Conjunction with Regalia Exhibition

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University will present regalia-making demonstrations and a series of films in November and December in conjunction with its current exhibition The Art of Ceremony: Regalia of Native Oregon.

Regalia makers will demonstrate their techniques Nov. 1 and 2 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the museum. Among the tribes represented will be the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde; Confederated Tribes of Siletz; Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw; Coquille Indian Tribe; and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians. Admission to the demonstrations is free with the price of admission.

A series of films on the tribes of Oregon will be shown Nov. 20 and 22 and Dec. 4 and 6 at 2 p.m. in the Roger Hull Lecture Hall at the museum. The films will introduce the various tribes of Oregon and help contextualize the historical and contemporary regalia in the exhibition. Admission is free.

The Art of Ceremony, a major exhibition of historical and contemporary ceremonial regalia from the nine federally recognized tribes of Oregon, is on display through Jan. 18. Organized by Willamette University Professor Rebecca Dobkins in partnership with the tribes, the exhibition is designed to introduce non-tribal audiences to the history, beauty and function of regalia within tribal life and thought.

The Oregon Arts Commission, with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, selected the exhibition as the state's 2008 American Masterpieces project. Additional support was provided by an endowment gift from The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde through the Spirit Mountain Community Fund, and by grants from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Fund, the City of Salem's Transient Occupancy Tax funds, the Oregon Arts Commission, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and a Millicent McIntosh Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is located at 700 State St. (corner of State and Cottage streets) in downtown Salem near the campus of Willamette University. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed Mondays. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children younger than 12 are admitted free, and Tuesday is an admission-free day. For more information, call (503) 370-6855 or visit