The Spokane Indian tribe offers a ceremonial blessing at the Hoopfest Indian Court

SPOKAN, Washington. – Hupfest will remain in just a few weeks, and one of the public basketball courts this year pays tribute to the tribal heritage in Spokane.

The Indian-inspired court was designed and painted last year in collaboration with the Spokane Indian Baseball, Hoopfest and the Spokane Tribal Business Council.

Spokane Arts helped find two local artists, Sean Brigman and Freddy’s Throneto paint it.

It features Salisco inscriptions “Spokane”, red-striped trout, drum, canoe and other symbols representing the Spokane Indian tribe.

The basketball court is located in Franklin Park.

Indigenous members of the Wellpinit community performed the song as a solemn blessing on the basketball court.

It is one of several Hoopfest public basketball courts in Spokane and one of five with painted frescoes.

Related: Hoopfest registration has been extended

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