Band Grateful Dead
Venue Eagles Auditorium
Location Seattle, WA
Date 11/17/68a - Sunday posters tickets, passes & laminates
Comments THE DEAD AND tHE INDIANS Re-tribalization will be the keyword Sunday afternoon from 3 to 9 when the Grateful Dead rock group moves into the Eagles Auditorium (7th and Union) for a benefit concert to help Indian fisherman in their battle to retain traditional netting rights on the Nisqually and other Washington rivers. Admission is a flat $2 per head. Children under 12 will be admitted free. Al Bridges, an Indian leader who has led numerous fish-in protests at Frank's Landing near Olympia, will introduce the Dead. Suzette Bridges, a vivacious and articulate young lady, will present the tribes' side of the fishing feud. Backing the Dead will be the Bryon Pope Ensemble from Los Angeles, Easy Chair, Light, and Papa Bear. The Retina Circus light artists will provide illuminations. Part of the funds from the benefit will be used to establish a bail fund for Indians and others arrested for allegedly illegal fishing. This year alone there have been 27 gillnetting arrests. Bail - formerly set at $250 - has been raised to $1000. The Indians also must replace nets confiscated by the state. They cost between $60 and $100 apiece. Some 40 persons, Indians and non-Indians, have established a communal colony at Frank's Landing on the Nisqually. Some live in teepees; others in tents and crude hogans. They contend that the Medicine Creek treaty of 1854 gave the Indians the right to fish in "their usual and accustomed places" for "as long as the sun shall rise, the streams shall flow and the grass shall grow." the state, on the other hand, claims the treaty is invalid and that the Indians must adhere to seasonal regulations. The colony at Frank's Landing is seeking to re-tribalize, to return to the bounty of Nature. But it hasn't been easy. They've been tear-gassed, terrorized and hassled by citizenry and officialdom alike. Now they've dug in for the winter. It promises to be a long, wet one. Their choice of the Dead for Sunday afternoon's gig is an apposite one. The Dead more or less started the whole concept of group tribalization on a musical level. Beginning with Ken Kesey and his early Acid test prankstering, the Dead (originally called the Warlocks) have solidified under their chief, Gerry Garcia, as a sub-tribe with something to say - and the sound and talent to give their message a voice. The Dead and the Indians. Far out! - Bob Houston Seattle Post-Intelligencer Friday, November 15, 1968 the November 1968 issue of the Helix (a counterculture newspaper) ran a full page ad for the 11/17/68 shows. It features an Indian holding a peace pie. Concert was a "Benefit for Indian Rights." There were two shows: 3:00 PM and 9:00 PM.
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