Silent Auction Preview

Silent Auction Preview

A sampling of some of the many items available during this year’s Silent Auction.


Belongs to the Sun by Benjamin E. Joseph

#1: “Belongs to the Sun” by Benjamin E. Joseph

This painting tells the story of how the Hopi trickster, God, and healer Kokopelli plays his flute to summon the spring, new corn and new life. Kokopelli traveled from village to village bringing the changing of winter to spring; melting the snow and bringing about rain for a successful harvest. It is also said that the hunch on his back depicted the sacks of seeds and songs he carried. Kokopelli’s flute is said to be heard in the spring’s breeze, while bringing warmth.

Take a little of that warmth and wonder with you, tonight, when you buy this unusual and lovely work of art. Signed by the artist, Benjamin E. Joseph, this limited-edition painting is numbered 10 of 33.

Mothers by Roy Thomas

#2: “Mothers” by Roy Thomas

This is a limited-edition serigraph created by artist Roy Thomas, who was considered to be one of the most influential aboriginal artists in Canada. Roy was a painter in the Ojibwa Woodland style. This style uses symbolisms and imagery inspired by the pictographs that Roy saw for the first time during his childhood. He painted the visions and teachings of his people for his family, for the community, and for his nation.

The “Mothers” print shows pairs of myth animals, nested together closely. Like Norval Morrisseau, Roy Thomas became well known when aboriginal art gained mainstream popularity in the late 1960s and early 70s.

Formline Print Set by Alano Edzerza

#3: Formline Print Set by Alano Edzerza

Set of four framed silkscreen limited-edition prints depicting the traditional formline designs of the Northwest Coast people of British Columbia, Canada and Alaska. Each of the four mint condition prints is different colors of red, blue, green and purple.

Artist Alano Edzerza belongs to the Raven clan of the Tahltan Nation. Born in 1981, he has been an artist since he could hold a pencil; and received his first recognition of merit at age thirteen for a sculpture award from the school board of Victoria. This early talent developed rapidly into a professional career with international gallery and museum shows.

Little Diomede Ivory Billikan and Millikan

#4: Little Diomede Ivory Billikan and Millikan

Before you tonight are a Billikan (male) and Millikan (female) made of very fine, fossilized ivory. These mid-century Inupiat carvings by artist Jacob Ahkinga are from Isle of Little Diomede, a land divided much like eastern Germany from the west at the height of the Cold War.

The Inupiat people of Little Diomede – in United States territory – were not allowed to walk across the frozen waters to an adjacent island now part of the Soviet Union, though prior to the Cold War they had done so for millennia. Because they were unable to see their relatives, many men of Little Diomede still tried to visit, and those who tried were jailed.

Millikan’s and Billikan’s were not traditional Alaskan carvings. In fact, they were a response to a wildly popular cultural phenomenon of the time, started by Florence Pretz of Kansas City, Missouri in 1908. There were at least two Billikan themed songs that were recorded at the time, poems written and ink spilled. A Billikan was believed to be a good luck charm and were so very popular that Alaskan carvers started making them as a commercial venture, to sell to tourists.

Raku Masks by Lillian Pitt and NAYA Family Center students

#5: Raku Masks by Lillian Pitt and NAYA Family Center students

These gorgeous Raku masks, set artfully in a shadowbox, tell the story of an artistic collaboration and the power of passing on knowledge and traditions from one generation to the next. Native artist Lillian Pitt and NAYA Family Center students collaborated on the creative process that resulted in the masks up for bid tonight.

Artist Lillian Pitt is one of the most highly regarded Native American artists in the Pacific Northwest. Primarily a sculptor and mixed media artist, she expresses her artistic vision through clay, bronze, wearable art, prints and glass. As an artist, Lillian is indebted to the elder artists who helped her along the way. Lillian once remarked, “Now I try to return the favor, by teaching as many people as I can about the things that I know and by helping them along their own paths in whatever ways I can.”

Bringing Communities Together Pendleton Blanket by Toma Villa

#6: “Bringing Communities Together” Pendleton Blanket by Toma Villa

This limited-edition Pendleton blanket was designed by Toma Villa of the Yakama Nation, and is number 209 of 250. The blanket was created for the 2011 session of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) in the city of Portland, and shows Salmon as the many bridges of Portland.

Villa writes that “salmon are at the center of our tribal culture and today are the icon of the entire Northwest. Salmon’s both ancient and modern significance is why I chose them to represent the city’s bridges. Salmon connect the city with the environment through their migration to the sea and back, salmon connect the city with the outside world. Salmon connect the city with its past and, we pray, its future.”

Beaded Shoulder Bag with Horse and Eagle Design

#7: Beaded Shoulder Bag with Horse and Eagle Design

Nettie Kuneki Jackson is recognized as one of the most skilled and creative basket makers among the Klickitat, and she is also a highly skilled beader. Nettie designed and crafted this large vintage finely beaded panel bag with delicate and tiny seed beads creating a traditional Yakima Nation imagery against an off-white cotton textile.

Featured on the bag the image of the eagle often represents majesty, truth, strength, power, and freedom. Known as “the master of skies” the eagle is believed to be the creature with the closest relationship with the creator. By soaring great heights, the eagle can travel between the physical world and the spiritual world. Featured in the beaded image below the eagle are two horses.

Among the Plateau tribe horses act as a symbol of freedom and wealth. Use of the horse was adopted into Plateau region culture in the 1700s and acted as an important economic asset as well as a symbol of prestige.

Chinook Winds Resort in Lincoln City

#8: Chinook Winds Resort in Lincoln City

There’s nothing like a weekend spent on the Oregon Coast to refresh your soul. Unless it’s a weekend on the coast that comes complete with this wonderful Chinook Winds Resort Package.

Enjoy long ocean walks and strolls through the charming town of Lincoln City, with two night stay for two in a standard room at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort Hotel, one show-for-two certificate to a performance at the Showroom by the Sea, and one dinner for two at the Rogue River Steakhouse.

Night Chant Etched Pottery by N. Tansing

#9: “Night Chant” Etched Pottery by N Tansing

Well-known Navajo artist, N Tansing, has thrown this exquisitely etched vase entitled “Night Chant.” This vase deserves a close look as it is filled with detail and very finely done.

Possessing a keen sense of line and rhythm, this etched piece is among a very special handmade pottery created in the four corners area of the Navajo Nation. Real clay pottery crafted in the United States is becoming harder to find, and Native American etched pottery is one of the premier forms that artists are using to express their creativity.

Signed and titled by the artist, we think you’ll agree that this vase is a true expression of N Tansing’s artistic talents.

Coiled Alaskan Basket Trio

#10: Coiled Alaskan Basket Trio

You see before you a very nice, graduated set of 5”, 8” and 10.5” antique Alaska Native coiled baskets. The material is speculated to be of coiled Sea Grass, and the design of dyed seal gut. Each basket is made of moderately sized grass coils, and nicely decorated with dyed seal gut stripes woven in geometric patterns. The baskets are in very good shape, and will make an excellent addition – or start – to your collection.

The Portland Experience

#11: The Portland Experience

This is the perfect Portland package with exciting activities – enough for an entire year!

Maybe you want to enjoy the fantastic Portland skyline…in the middle of the Willamette River on a Portland Spirit Lunch Cruise for two, or – if in a mellower mood – stroll through Portland Japanese Garden and Lan Su Chinese Garden with two passes to each. Catch a performance at Portland’5 Center for the Arts with $100 gift card or head to the Oregon Zoo with four passes.

If your party is strictly adult, then get set to have the most fun of all at Eastside Distilling , where you can partake with Oregon’s premiere producer of handcrafted, small batch spirits, including Quercus Garryana-finished Burnside Bourbons and Whiskies, Oregon Marionberry Whiskey, hometown favorite Portland Potato Vodka, Hue-Hue Coffee Rum, and Redneck Riviera Whiskey and an original member of Portland’s famous Distillery Row.

Rip City! Trail Blazers Courtside

#12: Rip City! Trail Blazers Courtside

Enjoy an awesome night out with two premium Trail Blazers courtside level seats in the 2nd row and near the basket. The ultimate Blazers’ fan will love being close to the action-packed duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCullum. This Rip City package includes a 2018-19 Blazers team signed official NBA basketball.

Soccer City USA

#13: Soccer City USA

This is a fun one! Celebrate our women’s and men’s professional soccer teams, the Timbers and the Thorns, when you head to Providence Park to cheer on your favorite teams in the KeyBank Club VIP section. Two tickets to Thorns are in the first row (Row A) and mid-line (Section D). Two tickets to Timbers are in first row (Row A) and Section C. Tickets include private Key Club entry including complimentary hot dogs, red vines, chips and soda throughout the game. Best of all, a Timbers jersey signed by the 2015 MLS Champions team is yours!