Meet & Greet in Yakima

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Do you live in the Yakima Valley?

Are you curious what the Yakima Valley Cultural Traditions Survey is all about?

Visit the Yakima Central Library on July 19, any time between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., to meet the Center for Washington Cultural Traditions (CWCT) team working to document and support cultural traditions in the Yakima Valley.

Kristin Sullivan (Director, CWCT) and Rodrigo Rentería-Valencia (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Central Washington University) will be on hand to share information about this exciting new project, and how you can get involved.

You can be part of this important conservation effort!

The CWCT is interested in learning about traditional food preparation, occupational traditions (fishing, agricultural and harvesting traditions, etc.), other folk and traditional arts (basketry, dance, wood carving, etc.), and much more.

Are you, or is someone you know, a tradition bearer, elder, or other culture bearer who might be willing to share their knowledge with others? Come to the Yakima Central Library to learn about interviews Rodrigo and Kristin are conducting with culture bearers, and share your ideas for events or programs about local cultural heritage that you’d like to see. Or if you’re just curious about any of this, come say hello!

In addition to the meet-and-greet, the CWCT will offer services and information about conserving your own family archive at the event. Do you have photos, letters, recipes, or anything you want to digitize, to save for your family? Kristin and Rodrigo will scan these family archival treasures, and send you home with the originals and digital files in hand! You will also have the option of adding to the CWCT’s growing archive that documents cultural traditions in Washington. Kristin and Rodrigo will also share tips and resources for bigger family and community archive projects.

For more information contact:

Or visit us and learn more:

WHERE: Yakima Central Library, 102 N 3rd St., Yakima, WA 98901

WHEN: July 19, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

This event is FREE and ALL are welcome.

Snacks will be provided.

(Download a flyer here)


The Yakima Valley Cultural Traditions Survey is supported in part by funding from the Yakima Valley Community Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts: Art Works.


Photos above: Salvador Baldovinos, photo by Willie Smyth courtesy Washington State Arts Commission; Vineyard in Zillah, photo by Jeff Wilcox via Flickr; Yakama Treaty Days parade in Toppenish, photo by Kristin Sullivan.