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// Feb. 2013 Tacoma Weekly Student Art & Writing Page

  • Seth Brooks, SAMI

  • Caitlyn Patterson, SOTA

  • julia Lockhart, SOTA

  • elise_wolfer, SAMI

  • Rachel Duke, SAMI

  • Anastazia Kidder, SAMI

  • Elsie Wolfer, SAMI

  • Tracy McGraw, SAMI

  • Meagan Gillies, SOTA

  • Chris Horyn, SAMI

  • Maddisyn Scott, SOTA

  • Isaiah Taylor, SOTA Isaiah had us a bit worried, as he kept working on a piece at home. Two day before class ended, he finally brought this to school and wowed us all.

  • Sokyana Srey, SOTA

  • Maia Grudzien, SOTA

  • Amaranth Perkins-Booker

  • Bre Forrest, SOTA

  • The Legend of the Red Eagle - There once lived a red eagle. It was the only eagle that is red that has ever lived. No one had ever seen this eagle, except when people were playing soccer. The people played only once every four years. The reason for this is that the people feared the red eagle. They feared him because every year when they played soccer, the red eagle appeared from thin air and soared right over them. As he soared over them, he just looked down and stared at them. Instead of watching the soccer game, the people would mostly only pay attention to the eagle’s eyes. When they stared at the eagle’s eyes you would see a reflection of the soccer ball that they were playing with. As the eagle disappeared into the mountains, the ball disappeared as well. And so it continues. Ever

  • Ami Perkins-Brooker, SAMI

Students from the Tacoma School of the Arts, (SOTA), and the Science and Math Institute, (SOTA), met together for 12 days in January in a Spirit of Art mini-term class which focused on Native American art, history, culture, and legends, with a heavy emphasis on our own Puyallup Native Americans. We were blessed to spend time with Shaun Peterson, a Puyallup artist of a great variety of mediums, one of his most recent being the Welcome Figure at Tollefson Plaza in Tacoma. His art became a solid example of the Salish style.

The students began by first copying one of Mr. Peterson’s styles, then going on to draw something from their own life, or to illustrate a legend or poem that they had come up with, being sure to include many of the symbols that were common to Salish artists. For many students, this was their first time in a high school art class, and we think they did a marvelous job. We’ve included mostly art today, with a few legends or poems, due to a fabulous gift of a color page from the Tacoma Weekly staff. We’d like to thank them for being generous and agreeable to this idea. As you peruse the art, I think you’ll quickly see why we wanted to go with color.

Outside of the classroom we were also honored to get to hear from Connie McCloud and Isador Tom at the Puyallup Tribe’s new youth center on Levee Road. Connie shared her own life story, as well as her heart’s dream for the Puyallup youth, and how they would find hope through this great building. Mr. Tom shared much about spirituality, and how it is a part of our lives.

Further down the road, students were given a tour by Gabriel Landry of the Puyallup Tribe’s Clinic, Spirit House, and the outside of the Elder’s Building, as Shaun Peterson had done the artwork on the door. We felt so grateful to all of these people for giving our students their time and wisdom. ~ SAMI instructors for this class were: Mary Mann (art), Amy Hawthorne (Humanities), and Shari Shelton (Creative Writing).


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