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Exchange of Values

Exchange of Values
acrylic on board 48'X96'

"Structure of Color Perception"

"Structure of Color Perception"
48'X96' acrylic on board

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Back from Yakima, Brownstown, and White Swan, on the Yakama reservation in the lower Yakima valley.  Visited Joe at his cafe in Btown again, been going there for about 40 yrs.  Btown is largely a abandoned, burnt out, derelict 4 corner town and a regional treasure.  The 'cafe' is tilted and decrepit but still retains extraordinary character, including a great mural of cowgirls roping cows.  Joe was there along with 2, 90+ yr old locals, one (Mancy) a self-described 'Yakama Indian medicine man' with southern Baptist roots.  The other a French-Catholic (lots in that area) who covered Mancy's eyes and laughingly told us that he was a "witch doctor who would hypnotize us and steal our souls," I think they were both 'into their cups' as they say but they had lots of insights into local history and current politics to share (over the noise of another young Yakama watching  the movie "Dumb and Dumber" on video.  I encourage anyone traveling through the area to stop in and say hi and get some of Joe's chili.  It's on the way to White Swan, the area of some of the last Indian wars to be fought in this country, as well as one of the few Indian Shaker churches in the Northwest.  Lynda (my wife) got some great pics and if i knew how to post them i would.  obliged, Daniel

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