Pamplin Media Group – Everyday Life: Portland Art Museum Returns Indigenous Artifacts


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WFP repatriation — The Portland Museum of Art did something cool and returned historic items, nine of them, to the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. The museum and tribal leaders recently held a repatriation ceremony.

The objects were removed from Wrangell in Southeast Alaska in the 1930s and 1940s and returned to the Naanya.aayi clan.

Items include a Killerwhale hat from the original Chief Shakes House Flotilla of Killerwhale Hats; Killer Whale Flotilla Chilkat Dress; Killer whale stranded on a rock Robe; a Mudshark hat; three Mudshark shirts; Killer whale with a holed fin; and the storm headdress.

Between 1921 and 1944, Axel Rasmussen, then Superintendent of Wrangell and later Skagway Schools, collected Native American art and cultural objects from Tlingit communities and merchants. After his death in 1945, the collection was transferred to an art dealer and purchased by the Portland Art Museum in 1948.

Brian Ferriso, director of the Portland Art Museum, said: “It’s a momentous occasion, too long to prepare.”

New director — The Portland Gay Men’s Chorus has hired its next artistic director and conductor, and it’s Braeden Ayres, who joins PGMC from Black Hawk College in Moline, Illinois, where he was part of its voice faculty. .

Previously, he served as Associate Artistic Director of Out Loud: The Colorado Springs Men’s Chorus.

It starts July 1.

“PGMC is an iconic choir with a rich history here in the Portland area,” said Richard Jung, Executive Director. “We are extremely fortunate to have attracted someone with Braeden’s knowledge of choral arts and musical theatre, and with a proven commitment to his community. His energy and enthusiasm are infectious. welcome him and his husband to the community here in Portland.”

Ayres said:

“PGMC is an institution with a rich and significant history of musical creation and social activism. As a conductor and educator, I believe in empowering all people to find and use their voice, and I am honored to have the opportunity to lead this beautiful ensemble. As our new ADC, I am thrilled to work with our singers and creative teams to create innovative and evolving choral performances that will uplift and inspire our audiences. in Portland and around the world.

Events to come — Some events to consider attending:

• Comedian Bill Burr takes the stage for his stand-up routine at the Moda Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 23.

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• As Pride Month continues, drag queen host Anthony Hudson/Carla Rossi presents “Queer Horror,” at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 24, featuring San Francisco drag legend Peaches Christ (aka Joshua Grannell) and the screening of his film “All About Evil” at the Hollywood Theatre.

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• The Outdoor Movies in Oregon State Parks series begins Saturday, June 25 at Rooster Rock State Park with “Jurassic Park” and continues with “Mars Attacks!” (July 9, Stub Stewart State Park), “Back to the Future Part II” (July 23, Milo McIver State Park) and “Encanto” (August 6, Champoeg State Heritage Area).

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• Check ticket availability for “Weird Al” Jankovic, 8 p.m. Sunday, June 26 at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

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• Shawn Mendes, with special guest Dermot Kennedy, performs at the Moda Center, 7 pm Monday, June 27.

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• Anchor Pictures and Gravitas Ventures release the documentary ‘Old-Growth Murder’, exploring the 1987 cold-blooded murder of Alain Malessard, a French citizen, at a closed US Forest Service campground in Neskowin. He was crossing North America by bicycle to realize his life’s dream.

It’s available on Apple iTunes on June 28.

Hillsdale brews — McMenamins presents the 29th year of the McMenamins Hillsdale Brewest, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 25 at Hillsdale Brewery & Public House.

It usually takes place in the winter, but the organizers want to hold the brew party at the brewery and its parking lot.

It’s $25 for a Brewfest drink and 10 tokens. There will be live music from 1-3pm by High Deductibles and 5-7pm by Siamese Twin.

World record? — Ian Mackay will try to set a world record for the greatest distance traveled in 24 hours in a motorized wheelchair on Tuesday June 21 on Sauvie Island.

He is the founder and executive director of Ian’s Ride, a Washington nonprofit, and an avid cyclist who was paralyzed from the neck down after a 2008 biking accident.

Learn more about Mackay at

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