Celilo – Never Silenced Exhibit

March 1 - June 5 2022
The Reser, 12625 SW Crescent St, Beaverton, OR 97005, USA

Celilo – Never Silenced
March 1 – June 5, 2022

Friday, March 4th | 6 – 8:30 pm – Celilo – Never Silenced Artist Reception
Sunday, March 13th | 2:00 pm – Artist talk with Lillian Pitt: Voices of My Ancestors
Saturday, April 30th | 2:00 pm – Artist talk with Joe Cantrell, Ed Edmo & Nancy Ives

Confluence interview excerpts and short films will feature in the gallery.

Our lives flow in historic currents, sometimes direct and personal, others, more distant. As NChi’Wana (the Columbia River) runs through our communities, the past flows through us, literally, culturally, and figuratively, defining the lives of people connected to it. Wyam (Celilo Falls), sacred and primary to Indigenous people for hundreds of miles around, was destroyed by The Dalles Dam in 1957, obliterating a way of life, a thriving fishery, and far more than that. The flooded falls displaced those who celebrated and relied upon its essential life-giving forces, destroying a vital culture.

To honor, respect, and memorialize the events that took place more than sixty years ago, Celilo, Never Silenced features the creative talents of Indigenous artists Don Bailey, Rick Bartow, Joe Cantrell, Jonnel Covault, Ed Edmo, Joe Fedderson, Analee Fuentes, Sean Gallagher, Lillian Pitt, Pah-tu Pitt, Richard Rowland, Sara Siestreem, Gail Tremblay, and Richard York.

Responding to the spiritual and sacred, exhibiting visual and literary artists create up-close and personal views of their integral relationship to salmon and the River. Although treaties and land acknowledgments were enacted to justify these irrevocable actions, the people of Celilo continue to persist, remaining strong and resilient to carry forth their ancestral traditions and beliefs.

For inquiries and submissions please email artgallery@thereser.org