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Forest of Dreams: Storytelling

Photo courtesy of Sayaka Kawakami

In conjunction with the opening of the Forest of Dreams exhibition, which features the woodcarving of Ainu artists from Hokkaido, Japan and Native American artists of the Lower Columbia River Basin, please join us for this special event presenting the oral storytelling traditions of both cultures.

Ainu Performers of Traditional Arts from the Ainu Foundation, Sapporo, Hokkaido will share stories in the form of narrative and in upopo, a traditional singing form.

Tony Johnson, Chairman of the Chinook Tribe and one of the exhibition’s contributing artists, will share Chinook story traditions with the audience.

This special storytelling event will take place in the Cultural Corner of the Garden’s Japanese Arts Learning Center. Open to the public.

For a list of all upcoming special events commemorating the opening weekend of the Forest of Dreams exhibition, please refer to this agenda of Opening Weekend Events.