Chautauqua coming to Lapwai July 14
What is a Chautauqua? “Chautauqua” was a cultural and social movement that started in upstate New York in the 1870s and flourished until the mid 1920s. During this time, hundreds of touring chautauquas presented lectures, dance, music, drama, and other forms of “cultural enrichment”. In rural America, big tents served as temporary theaters for these productions. Lectures by author Mark Twain, suffragette Susan B. Anthony, or a production of “The Tale of Two Cities” are the kinds of entertainment one could expect at a chautauqua show. The Chautauqua Institution still thrives in Chautauqua, New York.
Planned for the Lapwai event:
9:00 - noon Community service project
1:00 p.m. Parade from Valley Foods to the PiNeeWas Community Center
1:30 - 3:30 Workshop sessions at the PiNeeWas - two 45-minute sessions
featuring dancing, juggling, face painting, story-telling,
medicinal salves, dreamcatchers and more
4:30 - 6:30 Potluck at the city park with speakers, music and a blanket dance
6:30 - 8:30 The evening show in the PiNeeWas gym will include Nez Perce music
and music by The Nez Percians, a jazz swing band that toured the
northwest from the 1920s until the 1970s.
Fourteen chautauquas will be held in Lapwai and various Washington state parks from July 14 through August 6. Learn more
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