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Ontario’s Tradition Keepers Folklife Festival is Saturday, earns state award

ONTARIO – A festival to highlight the region’s assorted cultures gained statewide appreciation recently.

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History recognized Four Rivers Cultural Center with its Oregon Stewardship Award for the center’s Tradition Keepers Folklife Festival. 

The daylong festival, which highlights eastern Oregon’s traditional arts and artists, is Saturday at Four Rivers Cultural Center. The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The festival includes cowboy poetry, silversmithing, rawhide braiding, Paiute basketry, Japanese taiko dancing and Basque dancers. 

Food is also a big part of the festival and those who attend can sample traditional Japanese, Basque and Mexican dishes. 

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History, part of the University of Oregon, created the $1,000 Oregon Stewardship Award in 2018.

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