Indian Summers: Nespelem Art Colony 1937 – 1940
Premieres Thursday, May 11, 7 pm/8 Mtn
This brand-new KSPS documentary explores the forming of an art colony by Washington State College (now WSU) at Nespelem, WA, on the reservation of the Colville Confederated Tribes in north-central Washington.
The art colony, founded by WSC professors Worth Griffin and Clyfford Still, created the first extensive visual record of the Native Americans of Eastern Washington — tribes that were thought to be rapidly diminishing in the 1930s. The artists painted warriors anddescendants of the Chief Joseph band of Nez Perce, Chief Moses’ Sinkiuse, the Sanpoil, Nespelem, Yakama and Palouse.
The documentary highlights a precise moment in time when the Native people of the Colville reservation and people of the Inland Northwest faced the challenge of dramatic change.
Founded by Washington State College Art Dept. faculty, the Nespelem Art Colony created the first extensive visual record of the Native Americans of Eastern Washington.