Here is The Beat, a monthly newsletter, for February 2016

with news about the art of the coastal First Nations.

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STORIES IN THIS ISSUE
Lalakenis: All Directions, a Journey of Truth and Unit

Lalakenis: All Directions, a Journey of Truth and Unit

How can art express the frustration and pain of injustice and a troubled history? An exhibition has opened at the Belkin Art Gallery at the University of British Columbia that tells the story of a dramatic protest undertaken by somel BC First Nations in 2014. Lalakenis: All Directions, a Journey of Truth and Unity presents [Read more]

Pacific Currents

Pacific Currents

Pacific Currents, an exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum, presents the theme of “the great ancestral forces” which shaped the cultures of the many indigenous peoples who live along the Pacific coast. “Artists from as far away as the Sepik River of New Guinea and as near as Puget Sound honor the creatures, spirits, and [Read more]

Telepresence Robot

Telepresence Robot

A new way of looking at and learning from museum displays has been introduced at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. In the latest experiment, a “telepresence robot”, mounted on two parallel poles on wheels, topped by a screen, offered to guide visitors through the Hall of Northwest Coast Indians. The voice [Read more]

Yelthadaas

Yelthadaas

A milestone for Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas also relates to New York: his art work Yelthadaas one of the Coppers from the Hood series, has been purchased by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The British Museum in London is also currently exhibiting their acquisition of Yahgulanaas’ work. Art opens windows to the space within ourselves, a [Read more]

Dana Claxton: Made to be Ready

Dana Claxton: Made to be Ready

Dana Claxton is from the Lakota First Nations-Wood Mountain reserve in Southwest Saskatchewan, but is a longtime resident of Vancouver. She currently teaches visual art at the University of British Columbia, and is known widely for her multi-media work, especially photography, and for performances which critique the representation of Indigenous people within Western anthropology, art [Read more]

Reg Davidson Sculptures at YVR

Reg Davidson Sculptures at YVR

At Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Haida artist Reg Davidson has created a monumental cluster of large sculptures on the theme of legends of Raven and the Haida people. The lively group is located in the post-security Rotunda area of domestic departures. YVR has recently published a book about its collection of BC First Nations art, [Read more]

Gwaii Haanas: Land Sea People

Gwaii Haanas: Land Sea People

The exhibition Gwaii Haanas: Land Sea People continues at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in Vancouver, until March 27, 2016. Artists from many backgrounds have created wonderful works to honour the special qualities of the Gwaii Haanas, the only place in Canada where nature is protected from mountaintop to sea floor. The [Read more]

Indigenous Culture Exhibition at Musee du Nouveau Monde

Indigenous Culture Exhibition at Musee du Nouveau Monde

The Musee du Nouveau Monde in La Rochelle, western France, has organized an exhibition of Northwest coast art and culture, open until June 13, 2016. More than 120 objects, from private and museum collections throughout France, tell of the diversity and sophistication of the traditional life of the people of the Pacific coast. The Musee [Read more]

Portland Museum Opens Center for Contemporary Native Art

Portland Museum Opens Center for Contemporary Native Art

The Portland Museum’s Center for Contemporary Native Art has opened its new, dedicated Gallery for presenting the work and perspectives of contemporary Native artists. After its opening in Fall 2015, the Center will host two rotating exhibitions each year and feature a range of related programming. Currently, Thatlwa, Thlatwa: Indigenous Currents has work by artists [Read more]

Raven’s Many Gifts: Native Art of the Northwest Coast

Raven’s Many Gifts: Native Art of the Northwest Coast

The Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem Massachusetts has large collection of Northwest coast objects, mostly because of Salem’s prominence as a seaport for whalers and traders in the 19th century. The PEM has an exhibition Raven’s Many Gifts: Native Art of the Northwest Coast, which has run since 2014 and will close on September 20, 2016. [Read more]

Native Fashion Now

Native Fashion Now

Another PEM exhibition has attracted much admiration, and thought-provoking debates about the appropriation by the fashion industry of motifs and styles rooted in indigenous culture. In Native Fashion Now, nearly 100 works spanning the last 50 years explore the vitality and diversity of aboriginal fashion designers, from pioneering style-makers to contemporary innovative designers making their [Read more]