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This recently-completed narrative painting reconstructs the arrival of the Lewis and Clark expedition to the Chinook Village of Cathlepotle, 1806.

The mural, on view now through Nov. 28, is a collaborative effort that presents, as accurately as possible, the arrival of Lewis and Clark on the West Coast from a perspective inclusive of Native people.

The painting is 8 x 6 ft and rich in ethnographic detail. Northwest artist Chris Hopkins worked in consultation with Burke Museum Director George MacDonald and members of the Chinook Tribe to create the detailed mural. It portrays the homeland of the materially rich, ranked society of the Chinookan trading empire, which extended as far north as Sitka, Alaska. A selection of traditional Chinook baskets will also be displayed Hopkins graduated with honors from the Arts Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, 1979. His paintings are in collections at the Library of Congress, the White House, and NFL properties and he has received numerous commissions for paintings that depict heroic themes.

Complementing the mural is a selection of Chinook objects and baskets from the Burke’s own collections, including traditional Chinook baskets, great sheep horn bowls, a wooden cradle board, a canoe model, and paintings of Chinook men with traditional flattened foreheads.

The painting is on view July 10 through November 28, 2004..


Chris Hopkins graduated with honors and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Arts Center College of Design, Pasadena, California in 1979. His work has been recognized by the AIGA and the Society of Illustrators. His work is in collections at the Library of Congress, the White House, and National Football League properties. He has frequently been commissioned to create works that depict heroic ideals in American culture.

In 2003, Hopkins was commissioned to work on 20 mural-sized paintings depicting historic scenes of various Northwest Coast Indian Tribes. He is seen at left in his studio on Puget Sound, where he resides with his wife Jan, a natural materials artist.