Students of the Western Washington University Art History course “Arts of the Pacific Northwest” are working with students of the Northwest Indian College, The Lummi Cedar Project, and Lummi community members to create a mural for the Lummi Nation.

The mural is approximately 8x10 feet, and features sections designed by groups of students to represent different aspects of Northwest Coastal cultural traditions and concerns. The mural is in a mobile, three-panel format to enable it to travel to different locations and events, but there are hopes that it will be housed in the new Northwest Indian College building after construction is completed, or placed outdoors as a welcome into the Lummi Reservation.

The Western students, lead by Art History Professor Julia Sapin, have traveled to NWIC regularly to meet with Lummi youth, elders, artists, and community members to gather their input about what should be depicted in the mural.

Professor and artist Ramón Murillo of NWIC is the artistic advisor, but the students themselves have conceptualized, assembled, prepared, and painted the entire mural themselves.

The painting of the mural took place on Thursday, May 25 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. and Saturday May 27 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the NWIC Log house.

Public unveiling of the mural is open to all community members on Thursday

June 1, 2006 at the Northwest Indian College Log House, accompanied by a potluck celebration.

For more information on the mural or the unveiling on potluck, contact Ramón Murillo of the Northwest Indian College at ramonmurillo1@comcast.net.