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In honor of Parker and her art, a reception is set for this Friday, Sept. 13, at 6 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is invited to meet Parker, discuss her photography and enjoy refreshments till 8 p.m.
Parker, who is general manager of the Makah tribe, lives in Neah Bay, where she seeks to capture her community’s history as it is made.
She photographs the Makah Days celebration every August and the Canoe Journey each July, as well as numerous weddings and gatherings of family and friends. She is active in many aspects of Makah culture, from dancing to singing family and tribal songs passed down from many generations. She also seeks to integrate traditional Makah values into modern-day life.
Parker is president of the board of the Potlatch Fund, a maker of grants to Northwest tribal communities, and serves on the board of the Makah Cultural and Research Center (www.Makah.com), which includes the famed museum in Neah Bay.
She is a member of the large extended family of the late Meredith and Paul Parker Sr.; the mother of two sons, Jonathan and Christopher, and has one granddaughter, Candice Colleen-Rose.