The Hamumu Arts Collective
Founded in 2008 by George Melas Taylor and Craig Jacobrown that is managed and run by a non-profit organization comprised of a majority of Northwest Native First Nations Artists. The Collective was formed to integrate strong traditional NW Native story, song, dance, sculptural and two dimensional forms with the aesthetic and technical production values of modern mask and puppet theater. George is the director and lead singer of the ‘Lelala Dance Society’, a family of traditional singers and dancers of the Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl) Nation.
Craig JacobrownIn the early 1980s Craig Jacobrown trained in European mask and puppetry styles and began working as a performer and puppetmaker for a several theater companies. He traveled and studied world mask and puppet theater styles in Turkey and Bali, Indonesia. Locally he completed a two year apprenticeship with internationally known NW Coast Native caver Duane Pasco, and a one year apprenticeship with dancer and cultural expert Chief Henry Seaweed of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation. Henry introduced him to George Taylor and the Lelala Dancers with whom Craig worked for nearly two decades as an artistic designer, a carver of puppets and masks, a trainer of the performers in puppetry techniques and a performer with the touring ensemble. Jacobrown has toured his own mask and puppet performances for over three decades and currently operates a mask theater performance, teaching and design company called The Maskery. The Maskery, operated by Craig and his wife, Zann, produces over 300 masks and puppets each year primarily for Theaters, Universities and High Schools. Recent mask theater residencies include Florida State University, La Grange College GA. Paradise Theater School WA and Buffalo Seminary NY. Craig holds a Masters in Teaching through the Evergreen State College’s ‘Teaching for the Native American Learner’ program. Together with his wife Zann, he has produced curriculum materials about NW Native American arts, history and culture including a book sponsored by the WA State Commission for the Humanities.
In 2008 Craig and George formed the Hamumu Theatre Collective to promote the rich stories, values, arts and culture of Northwest Native communities. Today through Craig's connections to a variety of knowledgeable NW Native culture keepers in Washington and George’s connections in BC, they have been able to collaborate closely with several talented NW Native artists and assemble a talented team of artists to begin production on the Mink and Salmon performance tour.
Joe IvesJoe Ives is an internationally renown artist and the lead designer in a well respected Port Gamble S'Klallam family of artists. He has also designed many masks that illustrate the stories he likes to tell. Joe has heard many stories from his grandmother and other first Nations elders. Joe designed and invited James Smith, a Suquamish tribal member and Craig Jacobrown to create this Large Cedar Salmon puppet to be used in the film 'Bringing Salmon Home'. The 'Ives' style is internationally recognized and particularly well known throughout Washington State. Joe Ives carvings are on display throughout State Indian reservations, tribal casinos and private collections.
Take a moment to read the story that is brought to life with this Salmon sculpture.