Mourning Dove Symposium

Mourning Dove Symposium and Celebration

Honoring the life and work of Mourning Dove, the pen name of Christine Quintasket (1888-1936), author of Cogewea, the Half-Blood, Coyote Stories and Mourning Dove: A Salishan Biography.

Christine Quintasket artwork
Nov. 7-8
Okanogan and Omak Long House
FREE with pre-registration
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Space is limited. Preregistration is required. Anyone wishing to register a group of five or more people should contact Peter Donahue, 509.341.4619.
Due to high demand, registration for the Thursday program is closed. Registration for the Friday program at the Omak Longhouse is still open.
Artwork by Smoker Marchand    
"Everything on this Earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a message. This is the Indian theory of existence." ~Mourning Dove  

Panel Discussions with Scholars, Historians, Writers and Tribal Leaders
Keynote Speaker: Jeannette Armstrong - Poet, Activist and Educator
Traditional Storytelling
Screening of The Cherokee Word for Water
Appearance by actress Kimberly Norris Guerrero
Memorial Dedication

Schedule of Events

For a copy of the Mourning Dove Program (PDF), please click here.
For more information, contact Livia Millard, 509.422.7814, or Peter Donahue, 509.422.7840.

The community is invited to attend the showing of The Cherokee Word for Water at the Omak Cinema on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. This event is free. No registration required.

Driving Directions

Okanogan County PUD
1331 2nd Avenue N., Okanogan, WA 98840
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Omak Cinema
108 N. Main St., Omak, WA 98841
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Omak Longhouse
at the end of Mission Road, Omak, WA 98841
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Sponsored by:
Wenatchee Valley College at Omak, the Colville Confederated Tribes, the WVC at Omak Foundation, the Community Foundation of North Central Washington, Humanities Washington, Okanogan Family Faire, Associated Students of WVC at Omak, WVC at Omak Red Road Association and the Okanogan Historical Society.