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Enchanted Eagle Gallery celebrates Native American heritage

"Angeles Pena of the Navajo Nation, photographed here by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Ken Lubas, will appear in full regalia during the program Saturday presented by Enchanted Eagle Gallery. A Christmas gift to the community honoring the country's Native American heritage will take place in Langley on Saturday, presented by the Enchanted Eagle Gallery. A program of traditional music and storytelling begins the event at 3 p.m. Visitors will hear the rhythm of drums and the ancient melody of the flute -- medicine of the soul -- as special guest Angeles Pena of the Navajo Nation appears in full regalia.From the Sarvay Wildlife Rahab Center in Arlington, Wash., will come live raptors, including a bald eagle, golden eagle, brought by director Kay Baxter with Eagle Whisper and Eagle Walker (Cherokee Nation). They will share stories of the close human connection with birds, animals and the environment, and discuss ways to nurture and help preserve wildlife, safeguarding their habitats for the well-being of the Earth. All will be available for questions afterward.At 5:30 p.m., Pena will talk of his tribe and its traditions, including the purpose of PowWows, and will explain the significance of some of the dances and dancers' regalia.The program will conclude with storytelling by Pena beginning at 8:30 p.m., including a special story about the coming together of the tribes to become one tribe again, as in the beginning. At that time, special gifts will be presented to everyone in attendance.In addition to the program, Enchanted Eagle will showcase the photography of two of its represented artists, Ken Lubas and Noel Stevens. Stevens, a published wildlife photographer, lecturer and conservationist, will show his most recent photographs from the wilderness. Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Ken Lubas will join the event with his digitally-enhanced photography depicting highly spiritual moments in the lives and traditions of the American Indian. Both artists will be available after each program to answer any questions and to share some of their choice experiences and photo expertise.Any donations will be welcomed and will go toward the Enchanted Eagle's One Tribe Compassion Fund providing woodstoves, warm clothing, blankets, food and other necessities for various American Indian groups in dire need this winter, as well as to wildlife rehabilitation and conservation programs. Donations may also be made at any time to the One Tribe Compassion Fund at any of the Whidbey Island Bank branches or at the gallery.Enchanted Eagle continues to join in the quest of engendering greater understanding and respect among all peoples walking this Sacred Path, and will be offering many programs and workshops during the year to allow a sharing of knowledge and traditions from The People, said owner Pat Wilkerson. "

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