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Washington Native American Artists at Chilean Arts Fair

Al Zantua (l) and George David (r) demonstrate Northwest Native American drumming at Santiago Arts Fair

For the first time in the 24-year history of Santiago's Annual International Traditional Arts Fair, Native American artists from the United States were represented. Two Washington artists, George David and Albert Zantua, exhibited and sold their carved masks and other art, and also demonstrated Northwest traditional dancing and drumming. The Fair, which is organized by the Catholic University of Chile's Dept. of Architecture and Fine Arts, took place October 30-November 16, 1997, in Santiago's Bustamante Park.

Partners sponsored Mr. David's trip, under a USIA-funded grant. Mr. Zantua funded his own trip. Their lodging in Santiago was provided by the Fair. Chilean Partners provided food, translation and local transportation.

Mr. David is an internationally acclaimed Native American master carver, who carves in a variety of Northwest Coast styles. A member of the Nuu-chah-nulth tribe of Canada, his work has been exhibited in galleries in Washington, Colorado and California. In addition to totem poles he has carved in Washington, his work includes a carved panel for the City Hall of Kobe, Japan, and a carved rattle commissioned for the King of Norway. He teaches courses in carving and drum-making in Washington and Alaska.

Mr. Zantua is a cultural arts teacher for Chief Leschi Schools in Puyallup, Washington. He has also been an art instructor at the Northwest Indian College in Tacoma and in the Indian Education Program in Honolulu, Hawaii. He has received the Excellence in Arts Award twice from Pierce County, has participated in several Native American drum and dance groups, and has exhibited his work in Washington galleries.

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