Here is The Beat, with good news of First Nations artists and art 
on the west coast of Canada:

+ big Susan Point exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery is rates
approval from the public and critics across the country

+ the Reconcilation Pole will be a strong monument at the University
of British Columbia when it is raised April 1, 2017

+ Canada’s National Gallery is re-designing its Canadian galleries to
include traditional and contemporary Indigenous art as part of the
country’s culture

+ The British Museum in London opens an exhibition “Where the
Thunderbird Lives: Cultural Resistance on the Northwest Coast of North
America”

Best wishes to our readers,

Ann Cameron

STORIES IN THIS ISSUE
Susan Point at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Susan Point at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Susan Point at the Vancouver Art Gallery Photo: Ann Cameron The Vancouver Art Gallery has opened a large and exceptional exhibition of the work of Musqueam artist Susan Point. The show focuses on the theme of the drop spindle whorl, one of the traditional implements in preparing wool for Salish weaving, and offers the visitor [Read more]

Marianne Nicolson, The Sun is Setting on the British Empire, 2016

Marianne Nicolson, The Sun is Setting on the British Empire, 2016

Marianne Nicolson, The Sun is Setting on the British Empire, 2016 at the Belkin Gallery, UBC, Vancouver Photo: Ann Cameron A powerful new work by Marianne Nicolson has appeared on the east-facing wall of UBC’s Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery in connection with the exhibition To refuse/To wait/To sleep. Nicolson states that the piece “reworks [Read more]

Reconciliation Pole by Haida Master James Hart

Reconciliation Pole by Haida Master James Hart

James Hart, Reconciliation Pole At 1 pm on April 1, 2017, also at the University of British Columbia, the raising of the magnificent Reconciliation Pole by Haida Master James Hart will take place in the Main Mall. (See The Beat October 2016.) The public is invited to the raising (expected to take up to 1 [Read more]

Brian Jungen, Shapeshifter, 2000

Brian Jungen, Shapeshifter, 2000

Brian Jungen, Shapeshifter, 2000 National Gallery of Canada The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa is re-installing its galleries of the history of Canadian art to provide a better and more inclusive look at our nation’s culture. The new galleries will open on June 15th 2017, for the 150th anniversary of Confederation. In the meantime [Read more]

Aboriginal Student Exhibition, Re-Forming

Aboriginal Student Exhibition, Re-Forming

Emily Carr University of Art + Design has an active Aboriginal Program. Its Annual Aboriginal Student Exhibition, Re-Forming will open on Friday March 24, 2017, with a reception from 4:30 to 6:30 pm in the Concourse Gallery. The curators state: “We want to highlight how Indigenous people are engaging with the reformation of culture, languages, [Read more]

Haida artist Robert Davidson

Haida artist Robert Davidson

Robert Davidson, Xyaalang (Dancing), 2013 The Art Gallery of Hamilton has opened an exhibition circulated by the McCord Museum in Montreal, placing the contemporary work of the well-known Haida artist Robert Davidson in the context of the great Haida tradition. The McCord Museum worked with Davidson to guide the selection of historic artworks and discuss [Read more]

Where the Thunderbird Lives: Cultural Resistance on the Northwest Coast of North America

Where the Thunderbird Lives: Cultural Resistance on the Northwest Coast of North America

Patrick Amos, Bird Rattle, 1980’s Trustees of the British Museum A new exhibition will open in March at the British Museum in London, England. Where the Thunderbird Lives: Cultural Resistance on the Northwest Coast of North America. It is the British Museum’s first exhibition focusing on the Pacific Northwest Coast. The exhibition commemorates the tradition [Read more]

Haida Gwaii Museum archives online

Haida Gwaii Museum archives online

Haida Gwaii Museum, Haida Heritage Centre, Skidegate The Haida Gwaii Museum has put its archives online. A rich collection of photographs of objects, people, the villages and natural history artifacts are available at http://haidagwaii.emuseum.com/collections

Simon Fraser University; installing First Nations cultural objects

Simon Fraser University; installing First Nations cultural objects

Jody Broomfield, Welcome Pole, 2016 Photo: Simon Fraser University Student Central Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, in Greater Vancouver, plans to continue its program of Reconciliation and installing First Nations cultural objects on its campus. Most recently, on the Burnaby campus, a 25-foot pole was raised of a Coast Salish welcoming figure in traditional regalia [Read more]

Raven’s Feast at Bill Reid Gallery

Raven’s Feast at Bill Reid Gallery

The Bill Reid Gallery, Raven’s Feast 2016 Photo: Ann Cameron Vancouver’s Bill Reid Gallery’s annual fundraising event, Raven’s Feast, will be held on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at the Gallery. The evening includes a fine dinner, and an auction of a select collection of contemporary indigenous art. For tickets, see http://www.billreidgallery.ca/Fundraising/RavensFeast.php Or telephone the Gallery [Read more]

Ellen Neel: The First Woman Totem Pole Carver

Ellen Neel: The First Woman Totem Pole Carver

Ellen Neel in the 1950’s Until April 1, 2017, an exhibition at the Legacy Gallery Downtown in Victoria honours a pioneer female First Nations artist with Ellen Neel: The First Woman Totem Pole Carver. Neel (1916-1966), learned to carve from her grandfather Charlie James, and both created poles for Stanley Park, a very early acknowledgement of [Read more]