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Tule mat house to be feature at Lewis & Clark commemoration

GOLDENDALE - Two hundred years ago, the Corps of Discovery, led by Lewis and Clark, walked across a bluff overlooking the Columbia River where Maryhill Museum now stands near Goldendale.

This leg of Lewis and Clark's historic trip to the Pacific Ocean will be commemorated at the museum during the weekend of April 22 and 23.

Traditional arts, music and dance presentations by Native Americans from the same communities the Corps of Discovery met in 1805-06 will help mark the anniversary of their April 22, 1806 visit to that bluff.

At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on both days, traditional drumming and dancing will be performed.

At 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., the public can meet Native Americans as they demonstrate traditional beadwork, basketry, leatherwork and more as they share their rich culture in a tule mat longhouse.

Members of the Mid-Columbia bands of the Yakama Nation have constructed a traditional longhouse of specially prepared poles and hand-woven tule reed mats.

"It is very much like those Lewis & Clark saw along the river during their journey through the Columbia River Gorge," said Colleen Schafroth, executive director of the museum.

On Saturday, April 22, Schafroth will lead a walk through the wildflower-covered meadows surrounding the museum to explore some of the plants Lewis & Clark documented on their journey through the gorge.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, the White Salmon Community Youth Music Project will perform Lewis & Clark era tunes on their fiddles, similar in fashion to those Private Pierre Cruzatte played for the Corps of Discovery and Native Americans. The group will dress in period costumes.

At noon on both days, interpretive talks will be given by Maryhill Museum docents in conjunction with the special exhibition,

Lewis & Clark At Maryhill

.

Throughout the weekend, families will be invited to use the activity guide,

Art Discovery: Lewis & Clark at Maryhill,

and by participating in art activities for children in the EyeSEE Resource Room.

On Sunday at 1 p.m., a lighthearted performance of

Lewis & Clark Meet the Pirates

will be given by Actors in Action, a professional troupe based in Portland, Oreg. that specializes in inter-active presentations that include members of the audience.

Funding for the commemoration was provided by the Yakama Tribal Council of the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Mid-Columbia Medical Center, Klickitat County, Mary Schlick, Francis Connolly and the Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation.

"We are very grateful for the support of these outstanding community organizations and individuals. They have made it possible for us all to honor our shared heritage," said Schafroth.

Maryhill Museum is located on 6,000 acres overlooking the Columbia River Gorge on Route 14 near U.S. 97. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Nov. 15. Also on site are a cafe, gift shop, picnic grounds and gardens. General admission to the museum is $7.

Admission to all outside activities on the weekend of April 22 is free—perhaps offered in the same spirit in which the exploring party were greeted in 1806.

"Those people received us with great kindness...we got...a few pounded roots, fish and Acorns," William Clark wrote in his journal.

Spring fling set for seniors

A spring time dinner and ballroom dance will be held Sunday, April 30, from 5 to 10 p.m. at Harman Center at 101 N. 65th Avenue in Yakima.

This spring fling is being put together by the City of Yakima Harman Center and the county's Senior Nutrition Program as a fund-raiser to benefit the Meals-On-Wheels program and the Harman Senior Center.

The evening will begin with a wine tasting social hour at 5 p.m., featuring select wines from Piety Flats Winery. Dinner service will begin at 6 p.m.

Royal Reach Jazz Band will provide the music for dancing. Semi formal dress is appropriate for the evening.

Tickets are $75 per couple, and may be purchased in advance by phoning 509-574-2200 or 509-575-6166.

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