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Past Event

Lifting the Sky: An Indigenous Fashion Show

May 2 2019

Seattle Art Museum

Brotman Forum

5 PM – 8:30 PM

In partnership with the Seattle Art Museum, yəhaw̓ presents Lifting the Sky: An Indigenous Fashion Show. Curator Lisa Fruichantie (Seminole/Mvskoke-Creek) brings together Native designers, artists, and performers from across the Pacific Northwest for a night of Indigenous fashion. Watch contemporary styles walk the runway to the beat of a powwow drum, learn about intertribal regalia created by local community members, and shop at an all-Native fashion market. Fashion starts at 6 pm and the Native Fashion Market takes place throughout the evening. Visitors can continue exploring urban Indigenous perspectives upstairs in the SAM galleries with half-off admission to Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer.


Meka Clothing/Mary Kelsay

Trickster Company/Crystal Worl

Evan Ducharme

Abriel Johnny Rodriguez


Paige Pettibon
Ashley Alvarez
Michaila Taylor
Denise Emerson
Crystal Worl & Rico Worl of Trickster Company
Ayanna Fuentes


Roquin Siongco
Roldy Aguero Ablao


Drew Hobson


Che Sehyun

This event is a satellite program of yәhaw̓. yәhaw̓ is a year-long Indigenous community-based project culminating in the inaugural exhibition at Seattle Office Of Arts & Culture’s ARTS at King Street Station in March 2019. The exhibition is accompanied by a mentorship training cohort, satellite shows, residencies, vendor opportunities and partner programs. yәhaw̓ will feature the work of 200+ Indigenous creatives at over 20 sites across Seattle and beyond. Curated by Tracy Rector (Choctaw/Seminole), Asia Tail (Cherokee), and Satpreet Kahlon, this project series will celebrate the depth and diversity of Indigenous art made in the Pacific Northwest.

Free and open to the public
Photo: Courtesy of Meka Clothing/Rabbit Hearted Girls Photography

The Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are located on the ancestral land of the Coast Salish people.