List of Festival and Conference Activities

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Wednesday, May 3, through Sunday, May 7, 2017

Banquet, Hilton, Wednesday 7 - 9 pm ($60/plate)

Conference presentations, Hilton; Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10 am - 5 pm (ticket prices vary) [PDF] (Conference Page)

Video Bar, Hilton; Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10 am - 5 pm (free) [PDF]

Film Screenings, The Shedd Recital Hall (free)

  • Thursday 7 - 10:30 pm
  • Friday 7 - 10:30 pm
  • Saturday 10 am - 7 pm
  • Sunday 10:30 am - 7 pm

Cascadia Cave tour, Friday 9:30 am - 5 pm (free; $20 contribution encouraged)

Public lecture by Dr. Christopher Thornton, Eugene Public Library, Friday 4:30-5:30 pm (free)

Saturday Social, Pacific Rim Art Guild, 160 E. Broadway, Saturday 7-10 pm (free)

Awards Reception, Pacific Rim Art Guild, 160 E. Broadway, Sunday 7-9 pm ($5; free for Conference registrants)


Day Trek to Cascadia Cave

Friday, 5 May, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Ages: 12 and up, in good physical condition

Guide: Tony Farque, Archaeologist, Sweet Home Ranger District, Willamette NF

Join us for a special TAC Festival guided tour, hosted by the Willamette National Forest, to one of western Oregon’s most visually impressive archaeological sites. Used by people for at least 8000 years, Cascadia Cave is on significant indigenous travel routes and provided important cultural functions to multiple tribal groups. Here, the largest group of rock art panels in western Oregon remains in excellent condition. View the site, hear excavation conclusions, discuss rock art interpretations, and help plan site restoration, protection, and interpretation.

Registration: Please contact ALI (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 541-345-5538) and register as early as possible.

Fee: No admission fee is required. However, we would appreciate a $20 or more donation(s) to support the program.

Trip Specifics: Bring a lunch to eat in the cave. A van will be provided (8 passengers max.) and the drive is 2 hours each way. Car pooling will be needed for additional participants. Be prepared for a 2 mile round trip hike through the woods along a flat river terrace. Also bring rain gear, boots and a change of warm clothes. We will cross one stream and follow a muddy path. We park at Cascadia State Park and use the rest rooms to change clothes if necessary. Meet at the pullout on 7th Ave. on the south side of the Hilton.


Public Lecture by Dr. Christopher Thornton

Eugene Public Library

100 West 10th Avenue

Sunday, May 7, 3 pm

Ages: Open to all ages

Fee: FREE!  No pre-registration required.  Seating is limited.

From the Desert of Oman to the Wilds of National Geographic

Sometimes life takes you in strange directions. Through twelve years of higher education, Dr. Christopher Thornton was convinced that he was going to become a professor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian archaeology, specializing in the early civilizations of Iran, Oman and their neighbors. But with the economic crash of 2008-2009 (the year he finished graduate school), job opportunities for archaeologists?let alone everyone else?had dried up, and Dr. Thornton was left with lots of debt to accompany his many degrees. In this talk, our speaker relates how he managed to turn lemons into lemonade by taking a job at the National Geographic Society as the program officer for research grants. Now Senior Director of Cultural Heritage for National Geographic, and the architect of their recently revamped grants program, Dr. Thornton shares stories from the field?both from his UNESCO World Heritage site excavations in Oman, and from his desk in Washington, D.C.?to remind us that whenever one door closes, you sometimes have to grab a sledgehammer.


Saturday Social

Pacific Rim Art Guild, Basement of Quackenbush Building

160 E. Broadway, Eugene, OR.

Saturday, 6 May, 7 - 10 pm

Ages: Open to all ages

Fee: FREE!  No pre-registration required.

Hobnob with filmmakers, Festival organizers, Conference presenters, and other Festival-goers while enjoying food and drink and grooving to the 70s rock sounds of Deerspirit, featuring Kent Goodman and friends.  At this party, we let our hair down and cultivate an authentic form of American cultural heritage.  This is all free, but we’ll give you a chance to make a contribution if you like!


Awards Reception

Pacific Rim Art Guild, Basement of Quackenbush Building

160 E. Broadway, Eugene, OR.

Sunday, May 7, 7 - 9 pm

Ages: Open to all ages

Fee:  $5 general admission; free for Conference full-package registrants.  Tickets at the door.  No pre-registration required.

After all the films have been screened and you have cast your ballots, joins us for some finger food and beverages as we compile the results of the competition. When the jury and audience voting tallies are complete, sit back and watch the announcement of the winners. We will show clips of the top films and open sealed envelopes to reveal the final outcome. The room has limited capacity, so don’t be late!


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