Whitman Mission will host American Indian dancing, craft activities


Curtis Bearchum will be at Whitman Mission National Historic Site demonstrating different types of American Indian dancing from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Whitman Mission Historical Site, 328 Whitman Mission Road.

Bearchum is an enrolled member of The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. His tribal lineage is Walla-Walla-Yakama-Northern Cheyenne. He will demonstrate traditional social and longhouse dances, wearing head-to-toe regalia.

On Sunday there will be "Waste Not, Want Not" craft activity. Pioneers and native peoples made use of everything they could. In that spirit, odds and ends left over from various activities held this summer will be available for visitors to transform into fun and useful items.

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, master birder Mike Denny will lead the last bird walk of the summer season. The walk will last more than an hour and may leave the paved trails.

The Whitman Mission is open seven days a week. The Visitor Center is open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. The park grounds are open until dark. The entrance fee is $3 for adults; children under 16 are free. An annual pass good for a whole family is available for $10. Senior passes and other federal passes are honored.

Visitor information may be obtained any time by calling 509-529-2761 or by visiting the park website at www.nps.gov/whmi.


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