Sacred Circle Gallery holds Daybreak Star’s curated exhibits of Native American art, featuring contemporary and traditional Native American art by a wide range of internationally recognized and local artists.  We are proud to have sustained support through 4Culture

Lawney Reyes (2015)

We are very fortunate to have the work of Lawney Reyes (Colville / Sin-aikst) featured at the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center’s Sacred Circle Art Gallery. From January 15 until April 15, 2022, visit the gallery for an up-close look at his work. We will be hosting a reception on April 9th from 2-5pm and hope you will join us. 

Lawney Reyes is a celebrated Native American sculptor, architect, designer, curator and memoirist based in Seattle. His writing and sculpture draw great influence from his Sin-aikst culture, part of the Colville Confederation of Tribes of Northeastern Washington.

The decades of sculpting, painting, architecture, and writing were unimaginable to Reyes when he was a child living in Inchelium and attending an Indian boarding school in Oregon. He credited education with saving him from a life of poverty on the Colville Indian Reservation.  He was an instructor of contemporary Indian Art at the University of Washington and former Seattle Arts Commissioner.  Lawney served in the U.S. Army.

In his mid-80s, Reyes intends to keep creating because there are still things to explore. “That’s just been the story of my life, just catching up … Sometimes I wonder if I’ve caught up enough.”  For more information on Lawney, CLICK HERE.


First prize, Scottsdale National Indian Art Exhibition, 1970
Governor’s Art Award for sculpture, Washington State Arts Commission, 1972
Peace and Friendship Award, 1982
University of Washington Alumnus Award, 2006; Center for Indian Art award


White Grizzly Bear’s Legacy: Learning to be Indian

B Street: The Notorious Playground of Coulee Dam

A Tribal Manifesto

Bernie Whitebear, An Urban Indian’s Quest For Justice

The Horse Nation, Revival of the Past

The Last Fish War: Survival on the Rivers



Native American Art Mart

Come visit Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center for all your gift ideas!  In addition to our Gift Shop, we regularly host Artist and Craft Market in our building.  Support your local indigenous community!  Art prints, original works of art, clothing, drums, jewelry, and much more!  Traditional food on site and entertainment throughout the market.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Call for Artists:

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Our goal is to revitalize the Sacred Circle Gallery by incorporating as many voices of the local Native community and beyond through visual, performance, and literary art. We hope to bridge relationships with other art institutions and galleries across the state and country. This gallery is a space where Native people can express their sacred and sovereign identities without limitations.

The works we are seeking at the moment include:

  • Visual Art – paintings, drawings, prints, and photography.
  • Sculpture and carvings
  • Local Literature – books, publications, poetry, and zines
  • Handmade jewelry and wearable adornments
  • Custom clothing and regalia
  • Audio Recordings – drum groups, local Native musicians of all genres, language lessons
  • Weavings and textiles
  • Pottery
  • Greeting cards, small gifts, toys and ornaments

Please share and send all inquiries to

Permanent Collection

In 1975 the City of Seattle’s 1% for Art Program allocated $80,000 for the Daybreak Star Center for an original collection of Native American Art across cultures. Native American artists were selected through a national competition to create a group of works representative of contemporary India and Alaskan Native art. The Daybreak Star Arts Center opened to the public in 1978.

Visit our Permanent Collection with a Self-Guided Tour of Daybreak Star.

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