March 31, 2018 2pm What it Means to Be Human: What We Know about Our Ancient Predecessors
SHELTON — Mason County Historical Society and Humanities Washington invite the community to an engaging conversation with Llyn De Danaan, a member of the 2017-2018 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau. This free event takes place 3/31/2018 at Mason County Historical Society Museum, 427 W. Railroad Ave, Shelton , WA 98584. For more information, contact Kristin Fabry at Mchsdirector2015@gmail, 360-426-1020.
About this program
Deep caves, adorned with representations of long extinct animals and strewn with the ashy remains of ancient hearths and stone tools, are portals to knowledge of our selves.
As more age-old dwellings and remains of our ancient inhabitants are discovered, the story of what it means to be human becomes more intriguing and complex. Author and cultural anthropologist Llyn De Danaan explores our origins and how they help us define what it means to be human, and examines recent finds that have altered our understanding of our past. Further, what will it mean to be human in the future as new technologies challenge our own intelligence and hard-won skills? Wonder together what the future holds.
About Llyn De Danaan
LLyn De Danaan is an anthropologist, writer, and photographer. Her eclectic experiences include co-producing a film about basket makers Louisa Pulsifer and Emily Miller of the Skokomish Tribe, working with Japanese American poets and their families on a project called “Mountain of Shell” that describes their lives and labor on Oyster Bay in southern Puget Sound, and producing a book of literary history called Katie Gale: A Coast Salish Woman’s Life on Oyster Bay. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Sarawak, Malaysia from 1962-64, and joined the faculty of The Evergreen State College in 1971. Among De Danaan’s accolades are a Fulbright scholarship and the Washington State Historical Society’s Peace and Friendship Award. She was an expert witness for the Puyallup Tribe of Indians and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.
De Danaan lives in Shelton.
March 10th - Porcupine Quillwork Class
Come learn about the lost art of porcupine quillwork
Beginner Class - Teacher - Anita Malone
Porcupine Quillwork is an ancient Native American art used particularly among East Coast and Plains tribes. The art was later used in Europe, Canada, and in the Northern United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Each tribe has different styles. Some tribes embellished bark with quill insertions while others used soft leather. The quills, which when dry are very fragile, are soaked in water and the sharp ends are removed. What is left is a tube that will allow a tiny needs with thread to be drawn through it. The quill can be gently curved or laid straight to create simple to very intricate patterns.
Instructor Anita Malone states that quillwork for her is very simple and creative. Every pattern is beautiful and may be used in a number of ways.
All materials for the class are provided. Suggested donation of $15 per class
April 21st at 2pm