JANUARY 2015

 

Happy New Year to our many readers! We now have over 700 subscribers, including artists, collectors, scholars and many who simply find the art of our Northwest coast First Nations culture fascinating for its energy, expressiveness and creativity.
This month read about:

The City before the City. Three exhibitions held in three Vancouver museums, which tell the story of the impressive founding culture of humans living in the area at the mouth of the Fraser River and south of the Burrard Inlet.

The Seattle Art Museum prepares to display large collections of First Nations art. The Bill Reid Gallery plans a show featuring acclaimed artist Beau Dick. Gwaai Edenshaw brings his new pole Stone Ribs to Vancouver.

An American museum far away in New Hampshire takes another look at its collections, and aims to share the knowledge with the world, via the Internet.

Best wishes,
Ann Cameron and Dave Dumaresq

STORIES IN THIS ISSUE
Musqueam Cultural Centre & Gallery

Musqueam Cultural Centre & Gallery

  Vancouver, far from being a “new” city as commonly described, has been inhabited for over 5,000 years. These Musqueam people still live here, many on an reservation area south of Marine Drive near the mouth of the Fraser River. A joint project to present the long cultural traditions, and the current profile of the [Read more]

Nisga’a Repatriation

Nisga’a Repatriation

  The Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver is hosting a talk by Zora MacMillan on Sunday February 1, 2015, at 2 pm. She is an assistant curator at the Nisga’a Museum, and will discuss her ongoing project of connecting repatriated Nisga’a objects with the community’s oral histories. The CAG series invites cultural and critical producers to [Read more]

Bill Reid Gallery Events

Bill Reid Gallery Events

  AKOS is Haida artist Corey Bulpitt’s graffiti tag. The artist moves ably from traditional Haida work to Hip Hop culture in his exhibition which has been at the Bill Reid Gallery for Northwest Coast Art since June 2014, and will close on January 25, 2015. Corey Bulpitt will speak at the Gallery on Saturday, [Read more]

Seattle Art Museum Events

Seattle Art Museum Events

  Two notable exhibitions of First Nations art are opening in February at the Seattle Art Museum. Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection will feature about 110 masterworks representing tribes across the North American continent. The objects are organized into groupings that share aspects of function, form, and narrative while [Read more]

YVR Foundation Scholarship Deadline

YVR Foundation Scholarship Deadline

  A reminder to indigenous BC artists: the deadline for submission of applications for the Vancouver Airport Art Foundation Youth and Mid-career scholarships for artists is January 30, 2015. Details on these and other programs are at: http://www.yvraf.com/programs

Going Online: Hood Museum of Art

Going Online: Hood Museum of Art

  Good news for those of us who search the Web for images of Northwest coast art. By the summer of 2015, the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire expects to have the more than 4,000 Native American art objects in its collections digitized. They also plan to have video commentaries [Read more]

In the Land of the Head Hunters

In the Land of the Head Hunters

  On Saturday January 10 at noon, at the VanCity Theatre on Vancouver, there will be a screening of a newly restored version of In the Land of the Head Hunters by Edward S. Curtis. The score will be played by Vancouver’s superb Turning Point Ensemble conducted by Owen Underhill. Special guests Aaron Glass and [Read more]

Saskatchewan Honouring Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

Saskatchewan Honouring Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

Three partners behind plans for a monument honouring missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Saskatchewan are calling for artists to submit requests for qualifications (RFQ). The deadline is January 21, 2015. The Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC), Saskatoon Police Service (SPS) and province of Saskatchewan are commissioning a commemorative art installation and memorial to be located [Read more]