Rarefied regalia

An exhibition of historic and contemporary ceremonial regalia, much rarely seen by the general public, from all nine of Oregon's federally recognized Native American tribes will be on display Sept. 27 to Jan. 18 at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University.

The Art of Ceremony, Oregon's 2008 National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces project, features what the tribes consider their finest artwork, items they wear and use in private ceremonies and rituals. Hand-crafted dance outfits, jewelry, staffs, headdresses, musical instruments and a 21-foot cedar canoe &

many on loan from Native families across the state &

are among the items to be displayed.

"Most people have never really seen Oregon's traditional regalia," said Willamette anthropology Professor Rebecca Dobkins, who organized the exhibition in collaboration with Native community curators. "The only time much of this regalia is worn is during private events like funerals, feasts or dance ceremonies. These items are not largely shared outside their community."

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is located at 700 State St. (corner of State and Cottage streets) in downtown Salem near the campus of Willamette University. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. The galleries are closed Monday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children younger than 12 are admitted free, and Tuesday is an admission-free day.

For more information, call (503) 370-6855 or visit /museum_of_art.

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