• Cultural Conversations: The gifting tradition of potlatch

    Experience Potlatch the Game, a tool for understanding local indigenous culture

    Members of the public are invited to join the December session of Cultural Conversations, where indigenous history, giving culture and hands-on learning will be the program’s focus. This month’s installment will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 1-2:30 p.m. at Crossroads Community Center, 16000 NE 10th Street in Bellevue. 
    Washington state native and semi-retired UW professor, Dr. Jeanette Bushnell will share her story of how she and her academic partners developed an educational game called Potlatch: A Game About Economics. Professor Bushnell is a citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in North Dakota.

    Bushnell will also provide an overview of the potlatch concept, which is a ceremonial system of giving, and discuss what we can learn from it about local native people, history, language and culture. The session will combine the presentation and time for playing the game.

    Cultural Conversations, a women’s program entering its landmark tenth season, has transformed relationships and perspectives in our community through education and storytelling. To fully participate in the sharing, attendees should plan for childcare. Your RSVP is appreciated for planning purposes to NeighborhoodOutreach@Bellevuewa.gov or 425-452-6836.

    Published on 11/26/2019