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Maya Lin to speak at Sacajawea Park's sculpture dedication

Artist Maya Lin will give a talk at a dedication ceremony Friday for her series of sculptures now installed at Sacajawea State Park near Pasco. The outdoor art -- titled Story Circles -- is part of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission's Confluence Project, which features artwork installed at historically significant locations along the Columbia and Snake rivers. Capts. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, who led an expedition to find a naviagable water route from the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean, camped for three days at the site in 1805. Lin's series of sculptures tells stories about the life cycle of salmon, the seasonal circle of tribal culture and the history of the longhouse, as well as the trade goods cycle that started with the Lewis and Clark Expedition. "The Confluence Project artwork at Sacajawea State Park is a world-class piece of art and a wonderful addition to the Washington State Parks system," said Reade Obern, a park ranger at Sacajawea, in a news release. The ceremony starts at 10 a.m. and includes a talk about the installation by Lin, who designed the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. The event also features a seven-drum tribal blessing by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla, Nez Perce, Wanapum nations and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and the Yakama Nation. There also will be poetry readings and music by the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers and Mid-Columbia Trombone Ensemble. Admission is free. The park is at 2503 Sacajawea Park Road, east of Pasco, off Highway 12 between Pasco and the Snake River bridge.
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