Joshua Marceau: Silversmithing Demonstration :
Josh will demonstrate his silversmithing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Joshua O. Marceau is the owner, artist, and sole craftsman at Native American Silversmith. The jewelry he creates is handmade, and each piece has its own unique character. He handcrafts his art using the highest quality alloys of sterling silver and he prefers to work with genuine gemstones. Turquoise is a favorite. He travels to meet with mine owners in the Southwest to buy the rough gemstones directly from the people who own the mines and collect the minerals from the earth. He cuts and polishes his own gemstones from turquoise, jade, lapis, coral, etc. before hand-crafting the custom settings out of silver for each gemstone.
Raised on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana, he is currently a postdoctoral research scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Montana, specializing in the study of human viruses and the development of vaccines. Joshua earned his B.S. in microbiology at Pennsylvania State University in 2009 and got his start at Salish Kootenai College (SKC) in Montana.
While studying for his associate degree in General Science at SKC, Joshua had the opportunity to work with tribal instructors who stressed the interrelationships between science and art. Joshua reflects back on his early fascination with chemistry and silversmithing and attributes how his tribal college experience provided a strong jumping board for his future academic endeavors in education, science, and art.
Children’s Author Georgia Smies
Meet Author Georgia Smies, an educator and aquatic scientist with a passion for protecting water quality and promoting traditional ecological knowledge (TEK). She currently teaches Wildlife and Fisheries at Salish Kootenai College and focuses her research on aquatic invasive species and water quality.
Georgia will read from her book Journey to the Lake, a children’s book designed to teach young learners about local ecology and help readers learn how to protect Flathead Lake from aquatic invasive species. The book is unique because it is told in both Salish and English and uses the Salish seasonal round to take children on a journey from high elevations to Flathead Lake in the beautiful Mission Valley.
Georgia and her family reside and play in the beautiful Mission Valley of Montana.
Reading: 11:30 and 1:30
Daughter and Father Music:
Talented teen Amelia Cronk will be livening up the museum with guitars and vocals to raise funds for summer camp from 12:00 to 1:30 pm, and her father Lyle Cronk, who teaches Social Studies for St. Iganatius Middle School will entertain us with old western songs on his guitar from 1:30 to 2:30 pm.
Author: Deborah Clairmont-Ross
Medicine Prayer Woman (Deborah Clairmont-Ross) is a Writer, Artist, Photographer. A graduate from the Salish Kootenai College with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences and Restoration Ecology. She retired after 15.5 years of service with the United States Department of Agriculture/Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). A descendant of the Muscogee Creek and French-Canadian Cree Tribes, she writes her life story for her son who is the 17th great grandson of Chief Sitting Bull, leaving him a path and explains his mother’s heritage.
Deborah Clairmont-Ross will read from her memoirs at 3:00pm.