Sacred Circle Gallery holds Daybreak Star’s curated exhibits of Native American art, featuring contemporary and traditional Native American art by a wide range of internationally recognized and local artists.
UIATF: 50 YEARS UNITED
From Arts Program Manager, Hank Cooper:
In 1970, hundreds of determined Native American activists and allies occupied the U.S. Army’s recently de-commissioned Fort Lawton in Seattle to reclaim a land base for all Urban Indians. Founder, Bernie Whitebear (Colville), Roberto Maestas, Larry Gosset and Bob Santos along with hundreds of Indigenous activists and allies fought and won a perpetual lease on 22 acres of land, which became United Indians of All Tribes Foundation’s headquarters. For the last 50 years, United Indians has grown an array of programs serving Indigenous individuals and families of all ages. We provide direct services to 1,000 community members per year and host Native arts and cultural events welcoming 7,000 more annually. Seven leaders in the Native American community guide our organization, one that employs Indigenous educators, artists, social workers, home visitors, case managers, and archivists.
Our Daybreak Star Cultural Center is open to the 45,000 American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders from hundreds of different Nations who call this region home. As a direct result of federal policies and centuries of discrimination, our community faces multigenerational trauma as well as inequitable health, economic, and educational opportunities. Rather than dwelling on these staggering statistics, we take inspiration from our Elders, our traditions, and our legacy of resistance.
Witness the tenacity of Indigenous Activism starting with American Indian Movement’s occupation of Alcatraz and the Fish Wars of the Puget Sound. United Indians of All Tribes honors its mission and legacy of serving its Urban Native community both in times of celebration and strife. As we look onward, we empower the next generation to band together and advocate for the rights of all people on Turtle Island.
Call for Artists:
Our goal is to revitalize the Sacred Circle Gallery by incorporating as many voices of the local Native community and beyond through visual, performance, and literary art. We hope to bridge relationships with other art institutions and galleries across the state and country. This gallery is a space where Native people can express their sacred and sovereign identities without limitations.
I am reaching out to you to call for art commissions and donations. The works we are seeking at the moment include:
- Visual Art – paintings, drawings, prints, and photography.
- Sculpture and carvings
- Local Literature – books, publications, poetry, and zines
- Handmade jewelry and wearable adornments
- Custom clothing and regalia
- Audio Recordings – drum groups, local Native musicians of all genres, language lessons
- Weavings and textiles
- Greeting cards, small gifts, toys and ornaments
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In 1975 the City of Seattle’s 1% for Art Program allocated $80,000 for the Daybreak Star Center for an original collection of Native American Art across cultures. Native American artists were selected through a national competition to create a group of works representative of contemporary India and Alaskan Native art. The Daybreak Star Arts Center opened to the public in 1978.