Here is The Beat for April 2017, bringing you news of the art and
artists of the First Nations on Canada’s Pacific coast.

Read about:

+ powerful exhibitions in Victoria at Open Space and the Legacy
Galleries, with new works by Marianne Nicolson

+ recipients of the BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations
Art are honoured with an exhibition at the Bill Reid Gallery in
Vancouver

+ a traditional pole nears readiness for Taaw (Tow Hill) near Massett
in Haida Gwaii

The passing of renowned Kwakwaka’wakw artist Beau Dick is a great loss
to his family, and to the art community, especially the many young
artists he guided and encouraged.

Ann Cameron
Vancouver

STORIES IN THIS ISSUE
The Reconciliation Pole

The Reconciliation Pole

James Hart, Reconciliation Pole, UBC Photo: Ann Cameron The Reconciliation Pole now stands in a prominent position at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. A detailed explanation of the symbolism of the figures on the pole is in an article by Amanda Siebert at http://www.straight.com/arts/888571/haida-master-carver-james-hart-tells-story-indian-residential-schools-reconciliation See https://www.facebook.com/openspacevic/

Kwakwaka’wakw artist Beau Dick

Kwakwaka’wakw artist Beau Dick

Beau Dick 1955 -2017 Already in poor health, Kwakwaka’wakw artist Beau Dick died on March 27, 2017, in Vancouver, at the age of 61. His work is admired internationally, and is included in Documenta 14 opening in April in Greece, then later in Kassel Germany. His deep and wonderful character and culture, his generosity and [Read more]

BC Lifetime Creative Achievement Awards

BC Lifetime Creative Achievement Awards

Joe David, Drum Photo: Kenji Nagai The Bill Reid Gallery in Vancouver is exhibiting 11 of the artist recipients of the BC Lifetime Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations Art. The award program has, since 2007, honoured a range of outstanding First Nations artists from 11 different nations within the province. The artists work in [Read more]

Then the deluge of our world came...

Then the deluge of our world came…

Marianne Nicolson, La’am’lawisuxw yaxuxsans ‘nalax, – Then the deluge of our world came…” Photo: Permission of the Artist Artists Sonny Assu, LessLIE and Marianne Nicolson have new work in Awakening Memory, a show running until April 29, 2017 at Open Space Gallery. Open Space is an artist-run centre, founded in 1972, located on the second [Read more]

Marianne Nicolson, There’s Blood in the Rocks

Marianne Nicolson, There’s Blood in the Rocks

Marianne Nicolson, There’s Blood in the Rocks video, 2016 Legacy Gallery, Victoria As part of the Legacy Art Galleries Canada’s 150 Years anniversary, a series of Origin Stories respectfully acknowledges a much longer history by presenting First Nations narratives that move beyond limited settler versions of history. Kwakwaka’wakw artist Marianne Nicolson uses pictographic imagery and [Read more]

Blood and Land - The Story of Native North America

Blood and Land – The Story of Native North America

More than a history of relations between the indigenous nations and the European settlers, and eventually rulers, of North America, Blood and Land examines the “the paradoxes, diversity and successes of Native North Americans. Their astonishing ingenuity and supple intelligence enabled, after centuries of suffering both violence and dispossession, a striking level of recovery, optimism [Read more]

Haida Gwaii: Totem in the Forest

Haida Gwaii: Totem in the Forest

Carving Shed in Haida Gwaii In December 2016 Kilthguulans (Christian White) announced Totem in the Forest, a new project in the Haida Gwaii, the creation of a pole, based on a design by Sqiltcange, great-uncle to Charles Edenshaw. The pole includes a raven and eagle story and some watchmen. Featured subjects are a female grizzly [Read more]