“Seattle is one of the wealthiest and fastest-growing cities in the nation, but that growth has come often at the expense of the Indigenous people who first lived here. In a forthcoming piece in Bitterroot and the South Seattle Emerald, writer Marcus Harrison Green examines how Native citizens in Seattle are pushing for greater representation, and how non-Native Seattle residents and officials can improve the relationship with Indigenous residents of this traditional Coast Salish territory.
“Green joins us along with Fern Renville and Russell Brooks for a panel discussion moderated by Bitterroot editor Maggie Mertens, exploring ways the city can best recognize its Indigenous roots and residents, and whether reparations should be a component of that process.
“Russell Brooks (Southern Cheyenne) is the executive director of Red Eagle Soaring Native Youth Theatre in Seattle. Marcus Harrison Green is the publisher of the South Seattle Emerald [this publication]. Rachel Heaton (Muckleshoot) is the co-founder of Mazaska Talks, a tool that supports community divestment from banks that finance fossil fuel development. Maggie Mertens is the managing editor of Bitterroot magazine. Fern Renville (Dakota) is the CEO of SNAG Productions. Robin Little Wing Sigo is the director of the Suquamish Research & Strategic Development Department and a member of the Suquamish Tribal Council.”
“Vanishing Seattle is excited to launch its series of short films that take a deeper dive into the stories of legacy, resistance, and resilience behind the #VanishingSeattle hashtag!
“We are premiering with a film about Wa Na Wari – a 5th-generation Black-owned home in the Central District that creates space for Black ownership, possibility, and belonging through art, historic preservation, and connection.
“Come join us at the Wa Na Wari house for the film screening (directed by devon de Leña + Chimaera Bailey) — plus art, food, & community. The event will also feature music and performances by Yirim Seck and Ebo Barton. Learn more about WNW at www.wanawari.org.
“The Vanishing Seattle film project is supported, in part, by 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax and the Northwest Film Forum.” All-ages
Time: 7–9 p.m. Where: Wa Na Wari — 911 24th Ave Cost: FREE
“Party like it’s 1939! The Royal Room Big Band, led by Steve Treseler, brings you the swing of yesteryear, with a jazz dinner and swing dancing. Prix fixe menu and a cover charge for the musicians are included in the [prix fixe] price. The evening’s entertainment will include sonic renderings of pieces by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Sun Ra, and more!”
Time: 7 p.m. (doors)–1 a.m. Where: The Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave S. Cost: $25–75 (to guarantee seating, make a reservation)
Because TWISS usually comes out on Wednesdays, and this week, Wednesday happens to be Christmas, we decided to highlight a fabulous annual Christmas-day event that’s sure to bring cheer to all who attend…
“Chef Tarik Abdullah is calling a CITY WIDE ‘Chef Challenge’ asking chefs, local business, and restaurants to donate a large hotel pan of food to our ALL DAY holiday community feast on Christmas Day.
“We’re hoping to feed our community all day–breakfast, lunch and dinner!
“The annual event focuses on community organizing to provide meals, warmth, and community for any South Seattle residents (especially our community experiencing housing instability, vulnerability and homelessness).
“Come eat, build relationships and show love to one another!
“Lineup: John Osebold [‘Jose Bold’]+ members of ‘Awesome’: Evan Mosher, David Nixon, John Ackermann, Kirk Anderson, Basil Harris, and Rob Witmer + marimbist/percussionist/producer Erin Jorgensen + comedy artisan Emmett Montgomery + members of Degenerate Art Ensemble: Joshua Kohl & Crow Nishimura + singer/songwriter Rick Miller + recently certified chainsawer Sara Edwards + lighting board player Xris Ex Nil.” 21+
Time: 7:30 p.m. (doors) Where: Columbia City Theater — 4916 Rainier Ave S. Cost: $15
“Join us for our annual Native art market and gift fair this holiday season! Free and open to the public, this event features local vendors and Native makers and artists showcasing goods including wood carvings, bead work, drums, prints, paintings, and more. Grab some fry bread and hot coffee and escape the Seattle winter for two weekends in November and December to find the perfect gifts for family, friends, or yourself!”
Time: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (daily 12/13, 12/14, & 12/15) Where: Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center — 4705 West Marginal Way SW
“‘Tis the season to support Black businesses, small and big alike! Our holiday market provides space for business owners to directly connect with their communities and build within them. Our market will offer an array of vendors who specialize in apothecary, literature, home goods, African textiles and prints to so much more!”
Time: 12–5 p.m. (Sat., 12/14) Where: NAAM — 2300 S. Massachusetts St