Saturday, November 26, 2005

Native American Photo Exhibit in Washington State

Here's some news about a Native American photo exhibit at the Washington State Capital Museum currently on now through to April 1 of 2006.

The Washington State Capital Museum presents

Faces from the Land: A Photographic Journey through Native America By Ben and Linda Marra

Olympia, WA--In commemoration of the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the Washington State Capital Museum is honored to present Faces from the Land: A Photographic Journey through Native America, by Ben and Linda Marra, on view October 11, 2005 through April 1, 2006.

In 1988, Seattle photographer, Ben Marra and his wife, Linda, set out to document powwows and the shared cultural qualities that bind together the many nations of Native America. Powwows are an integral part of Native American life, offering Native Americans the opportunity to gather and celebrate their spiritual connections to their ancestors, the earth, community and traditions through drum, song and dance. Faces from the Land focuses on many of the Native American cultures that Lewis and Clark encountered during their arduous 1803 -1806 expedition, including Sioux, Lemhi Shoshone and Nez Perce. A photograph of Sacajawea's great, great, great niece, Rose Ann Abrahamson, is included in the exhibit.

The 37 large color print portraits of Native Americans are accompanied by personal narratives written by the subjects describing the tribal significance of their regalia and dance. These striking images along with their text vividly detail the magic of the powwow, while also allowing the viewer the opportunity to see the juxtaposition of ancient tradition and modern culture.

Ben Marra has been a commercial photographer in Seattle since 1973, working with architectural, industrial, and corporate clients. Dedicated to using his photographs to strengthen and perpetuate an appreciation for Native American culture, Ben Marra's work has been featured in numerous museums, galleries and national magazines, and was recently included in Handbook of North American Indians, published by the Smithsonian Institution. Their book, PowwowŠImages along the Red Road, (Abrams), features 105 color photographs representing more than sixty tribes and nations. Two yearly calendars are also published by Avalanche Publishing.


What: Faces from the Land: A Photographic Journey through Native America

Who: Seattle Documentary Photographers Ben and Linda Marra

When: October 11, 2005 - April 1, 2006

Where: Washington State Capital Museum, 211 21st Avenue S.W., Olympia, WA

Opening Reception: Sunday, October 16, 2005; 2 - 5 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Upcoming Programs: Join Ben and Linda Marra for a lecture and book signing on Wednesday, November 9, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. as they discuss Faces from the Land. Admission to the museum and program are free that evening.

More Information: 360-753-2580,

The State Capital Museum is located in Olympia six blocks south of the Capitol Building at 211 21st Avenue S.W. in the historic Lord Mansion. The State Capital Museum is a division of the Washington State Historical Society, which presents exhibits, programs, and events that bring to life the stories of Washington's history.

To contact Ben Marra Studios: 206-729-2456,

For Native American art at 20 to 50% off typical retail prices, see Free Spirit Gallery Native American Art.

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