Keeping the Fire in the Dark Moon Times

Released February 12, 2008

©2007 Peabody Essex Museum. Photograph by Walter Silver

Salem, Mass.- Storytellers, dancers, musicians and performing artists representing the Native cultures of Alaska, Hawai'i, Cape Verde and Massachusetts will take part in the 8th Annual New Trade Winds/ECHO Performing Arts Festival at the Peabody Essex Museum on Saturday, March 8, in the museum Atrium. The main ensemble performance takes the stage at 2 pm, with individual artist performances throughout the afternoon. Admission is free with general museum admission.

Festival artists infuse their performances with the oral traditions, music, dance and humor of each of their regions. Keeping the Fire in the Dark Moon Times honors ancestral stories and the diverse symbolism of the moon, its cycles and the many meanings of the harvest.

The ECHO (Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations) project reaches thousands of students and community members nationally through public performances in Washington, D.C., New York City and the ECHO partner regions.

Artists in this year's festival represent an array of indigenous cultures from Massachusetts, Alaska, Cape Verde and Hawai'i.

· Ani Lokomaika'i Lipscomb, Native Hawaiian - Sponsored by the Bishop Museum

· Candida Rose, Cape Verdean - Sponsored by the New Bedford ECHO Project

· Jonathan Perry, Aquinnah Wampanoag - Sponsored by the Peabody Essex Museum

· Loren Anderson, Sugpiaq - Sponsored by the Alaska Native Heritage Center

· Debra Dommek, I'upiaq - Sponsored by the North Slope Borough ECHO Project

This program is funded through the federally sponsored ECHO program, administered by the US Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement.

Related Exhibitions Currently on View at the Peabody Essex Museum

Intersections, Native American Art in a New Light

Intersections, Native American Art in a New Light is a stunning exhibition drawn primarily from the museum-s collections and featuring more than 70 works, including never-before-seen objects such as a 17th-century bejeweled Incan dance crown and a David Bradley monoprint (2000). In addition to beadwork, textiles, ceramics and drawings, the exhibition includes paintings and an installation by Nora Naranjo-Morse (Santa Clara Pueblo). Diverse cultures - from the Penobscot in the Northeast and Haida of British Columbia, to the Pueblos of the American Southwest and Incas of Peru - are represented.

All of My Life: Contemporary Works by Native American Artists

The sculptures and paintings in All of My Life embrace the experiences and worldviews of nine contemporary Native American artists who call upon and reinterpret Native American painting and sculpting traditions that are both thousands of years old and also modern. Through oil painting and social realism, artists such as Mateo Romero and David Bradley comment on the political aspects of being Native American in today's changing world. Truman Lowe interprets the Eastern shorelines through his abstract, suspended sculpture in willow.

About the ECHO Program

ECHO (Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations) is an enrichment initiative serving children, teachers and adult learners. ECHO programs are produced jointly and individually through a collaboration of six regional organizations: Alaska Native Heritage Center; North Slope Borough ECHO Project; Bishop Museum; New Bedford ECHO Project; Peabody Essex Museum; and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Working with schools and community-based organizations, ECHO programs amplify educational benefits, foster appreciation of culture and history and assist communities in maximizing the social benefits of new technologies.


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Whitney Van Dyke  -  Director of Communications  -  978-542-1828  -

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