Coyote Was Going There: Wide Open Studios Summer Immersion Residency via Signal Fire out of Portland, Oregon.
"Our 2017 theme of folklore and storytelling looks to ways in which these traditions inform our relationship to place, peoples, and the natural world. Through the lens of oral histories and written stories, we will examine the naming of places, claims to land ownership, histories of contested landscapes, and ties to natural resources. This year’s Summer Immersion Trip takes us to the Nez Perce homeland of Eastern Oregon’s Blue Mountains and the Idaho/Montana Bitterroots. The legends of the Nimi’ipuu will provide an introduction to this land of rugged mountains, clear streams and thickly timbered forests. As we hike and camp throughout the region, we will introduce stories from French fur trappers, Chinese gold miners and others who have shaped the land and influenced the culture in these mountains. We will also discuss the role of artists as storytellers and consider how it contributes to a deeper understanding of The American West."