Featured events for August eclipse

Warm Springs will host a three-day music and arts festival during the weekend and Monday of the August 21 solar eclipse.

Indian Head Casino will feature live music from local, regional and national Native American artists. And the Museum at Warm Springs will host the Artists Village.

Among the performers at the casino will be Kelly Jackson, Arlie Neskahi and Charles Littleleaf.

Kelly Jackson, member of the Lake du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, is a Native American Music Award winning singer, songwriter, musician and activist.

Arlie Neskahi of the Diné Nation—award-winning composer, musician and recording artist—is the host of Wisdom of the Elders.

Charles Littleleaf of Warm Springs is a celebrated Native American flutist and traditional flute maker.

Jackson will be the featured musician at Indian Head Casino on Saturday, August 19.

Neskahi will be the featured musician on Sunday, August 20. And Mr. Littleleaf will play on the Monday of the eclipse.

Meanwhile during the weekend, the Museum At Warm Springs will host the Artists Village, featuring Native American artisans showcasing their unique and varied works. Among the works on display will be those Lillian Pitt and Mr. Littleleaf.

Elsewhere on the reservation on August 21:

Warm Springs Ventures will partner with NASA on a unique science experience for students from Warm Springs and around the Northwest.

The NASA-tribal plan is to launch helium balloons before the eclipse. The balloons, equipped with cameras aimed at the earth, will travel as far as the edge of outer space.

The cameras can then capture images as the shadow of the moon passes over the state.

The August 21 eclipse will begin in the morning in the Pacific Ocean. At this initial point in the ocean, viewers (such as those on a ship) would actually see the sun rise while totally eclipsed.

After this, the eclipse shadow will move from northwest to southeast, reaching the Oregon Coast just near Newport.

The path then continues across the country, northwest to southeast, passing over South Carolina and then into the Atlantic Ocean.

As the shadow passes over the Warm Springs Reservation, the eclipse totality will last a little over two minutes.

The shadow moves fast, at about 400 miles per second, crossing the U.S. in about an hour and a half.

For a summary of some of the local events August 19-21, visit the Indian Head Casino website: