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Arts Gumbo 2014 Music and Dance of the Islands: Tahiti
Rainier Valley Cultural Center
Seattle, WA
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On Saturday, October 11th at 6pm, Arts Gumbo presents Tahiti featuring Te'a rama, a traditional Tahitian dance group, featuring Tahitian dance, choreography and costumes. Te'a rama performs songs and dances that tell about the cultural beliefs of the Polynesian people --beliefs in demi-gods and goddesses that ruled the forces of nature with their stories taking form in song, chant, music and dance.

Founded by Manio Radford, who has taught Polynesian dance in Seattle since 1964, Te'a rama is comprised of the some of the leading Tahitian dancers and musicians who have performed regionally at Northwest Folklife, DANCE This at the Moore theater and in Canada's Festival Polynesia among others.

At 7pm Arts Gumbo will serve audiences a traditional Tahitian dinner cooked earlier in the day by Community Kitchens Northwest and local volunteers. The workshop begins at 2pm and is open to anyone interested in learning about Tahitian cooking and food.  To register, please contact Leika Suzumura at or call 206-214-8892.

Following dinner, audiences can learn Tahitian dancing and drumming with Te Fare O Tamatoa ('The House of Tamatoa'), Tahitian dance group. This will be an informal, fun dance workshop for all ages and all levels.

Tickets for Arts Gumbo 2014 can be purchased for $15 general; $10 seniors and students; $5 for children 5-12; at the door or at For updated event times and dates, please call 206.760.4285.

More opportunities to explore Arts Gumbo cultures:

Arts Gumbo Book Chats: In a partnership with Columbia Branch Library, Arts Gumbo is presenting a book reading and discussion on Thursday, October 6. The selected book for the Tahitian program is Breadfruit by Celestine Vaitea that centers on Materena Mahi, a cleaner, and her family and friends on the island of Tahiti. The discussion will take place at Columbia Library on Thursday, Oct 9 at 6:30pm; the book will be available Sept 1. The Caribbean novel is Blue Latitudes: Caribbean Women Writers at Home and Abroad edited by Elizabeth Nunez and Jennifer Sparrow. Blue Latitudes is a collection of short stories from female Caribbean writers tell about life in the Caribbean, the dissent and unrest on their islands, they tell of love, sexual exploitation, family life and abuse. The discussion will be held at 6:30 pm; the book will be available Oct 1 at the Library. Call 206.386.1908 for information on how to participate.

Community Kitchens Northwest Workshops: In conjunction with each Arts Gumbo event, SEEDArts is partnering with Community Kitchens Northwest to offer free cultural cooking workshops. In cooperation with a cultural consultant, Community Kitchens will involve you in a cultural cooking and dining experience. You will will learn techniques, spices and cooking methods and then partake of your dinner at the evening Arts Gumbo event. To register, contact Leika Suzumura at or call 206-214-8892.

Arts Gumbo is co-presented SEEDArts in partnership with Northwest Folklife, Community Kitchens NW and the Columbia Branch Library. For more information, call 206.760.4285 or visit Funding was provided by 4 Culture, BNSF and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.
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Rainier Valley Cultural Center (View)
3515 S Alaska street
Seattle, WA 98118
United States

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Arts > Literary
Arts > Performance
Music > Global
Music > World
Other > Family-Friendly

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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