Tradition Keepers Event & Exhibit




The Four Rivers Cultural Center is pleased to announce a day-long folklife festival that will take place Saturday, June 23rd, from 10AM-5PM. The event is FREE and open to the public.


The Tradition Keepers Folklife Festival is a day-long event celebrating the diverse range of traditional arts and culture in the Four Rivers area. Come experience the incredible skills of our community members and learn about their traditional arts including cowboy poetry, silversmithing, rawhide braiding, Paiute basketry and cradleboard making, Paiute pow wow dancing, Japanese taiko drumming, traditional Japanese mochi making, and much more, including a visit from National Heritage Fellow Eva Castellanoz.

The Tradition Keepers Folklife Festival also coincides with the opening of a new exhibit, Buckaroo and Ranching Folklife of the Four Rivers Region, which looks at the various traditional arts and skills associated with ranching and buckaroo lifestyles in the high desert of eastern Oregon and surrounding states, and the individuals who practice those traditional arts.


The Four Rivers Cultural Center is producing the event and exhibit with the support of the National Endowment of the Arts, which awarded a grant to FRCC to hire a contract folklorist, Josh Chrysler, to conduct research and produce the exhibit and event. These traditional arts and skills that will be demonstrated and presented are what make our region unique, and the artists and practitioners will be present for audiences to interact with, ask questions, and learn from.


Program Schedule:


Time Slot Stage 1– Lobby Stage 2–Garden Stage 3–Harano Gallery Stage 4–Collins Room Demonstrators
10:00-10:30 Paiute Dance Thomas Angle (cowboy music) Thomas Angle (leather work)
10:30-11:00 Basque Dance Kathy Moss (cowboy poetry) Leon Gage (silversmithing)
11:00-11:30 Mexican Dance Wilson Wewa (Paiute storytelling) Helen Dougal Corbari (Mecate making)
11:30-12:00 Kawa Taiko Randi Johnson (cowboy poetry) Pat Dougherty (Rock jack building)
12:00-12:30 Paiute Dance Jill Miller (singer/songwriter) Dean Adams (Paiute silversmithing and baskets)
12:30-1:00 Randi Johnson (poetry) Eva Castellanoz (discussion of Trad. Healing Pract.) Sara Barton (Paiute cradleboard and baskets)
1:00-1:30 Kawa Taiko Ryan Atagi (Kendo) Mildred Quaempts (Umatilla dentalium piecework)
1:30-2:00 Paiute Dance Thomas Angle (cowboy music) Carol Etchemendy (spinning and weaving)
2:00-2:30 Mexican Dance Kathy Moss (cowboy poetry) Morgan Buckert (bootmaking)
2:30-3:00 Kawa Taiko Wilson Wewa (Paiute storytelling) Marco and Becky Rodriguez (Mexican baking)
3:00-3:30 Basque Dance Randi Johnson (cowboy poetry) Kenny Hiramatsu (mochi making)
3:30-4:00 Mexican Dance Jill Miller (singer/songwriter) Elise Overgaard and Johnny Boyd (Basque foodways)
4:00-4:30 Ryan Atagi (kendo) Eva Castellanoz (Discussion of Trad. Healing Pract.)
4:30-5:00 Basque Dance Wilson Wewa (Paiute storytelling)