Oct 092013

Brian Jungen and Duane Linklater, Modest Livelihood, 2012

The Ontario debut of Brian Jungen and Duane Linklater’s film Modest Livelihood takes place at the Art Gallery of Ontario this month. The film will be shown hourly (except Sundays) from October 26 2013 to June 15 2014.

The film was shot by Jungen, Linklater and American film-maker Jesse Cain during a moose hunt undertaken by the artists and Jungen’s uncle Jack Askoty; the title refers to land rights issues and the provisions of Treaty B which acknowledged the aboriginal hunting rights, in a qualified way.

The film has had international exposure. Modest Livelihood was shown in Vancouver in June and July at the Catriona Jeffries Gallery.

For more information see an article in Fuse Magazine written when the film was shown in Chicago http://fusemagazine.org/2013/06/36-3_freeman


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Nov 052012

Victor Masayesva, Hopi film maker
Photo: courtesy of the artist

The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in Vancouver is partnering with Simon Fraser University (downtown) in events related to its exhibition Irregardless: Humour in Contemporary
Northwest Coast Art
. A program featuring media artist Victor Masayesa (Hopi) on Thursday, November 15th at 6:00 – 8:00pm will be held at SFU’s Fletcher Challenge Theatre at 515 Hastings Street. Masayesva will show his documentary Ritual Clowns about the tradition of clowns in Native American ceremonies. Following the screening, he will discuss the use of humour in First Nations storytelling and how oral traditions influence his work. See http://www.billreidgallery.ca


Apr 012012
Mayor Lew Williams and Cara Wallace, KIC Tribal Education Director. Photo courtesy KIC

Mayor Lew Williams and Cara Wallace, KIC Tribal Education Director. Photo courtesy KIC

The city of Ketchikan Alaska has designated April 1 to 7 2012 as Honoring Our Speakers Week, and are holding events to give special tribute to the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian fluent speakers in the tribal community there. A film The Linguists will be screened on April 3, about linguists David Harrison and Gregory Anderson who are “scientists racing to document languages on the verge of distinction”. http://www.thelinguists.com

Nov 012011
Everything was Carved

Everything was Carved

The latest issue of Haida Laas, the journal of the Haida Nation, is available at http://www.haidanation.ca/Pages/Haida_Laas/PDF/Newsletters/HL_Sept_11_LR.pdf

Haida Laas describes a short web-video film Everything was Carved, made by staff at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, England. The film examines the implications of a recent visit by a Haida delegation to the ethnological museum to see the many Haida works in the Pitt Rivers’ collection. (See The Beat September 2011)

The film is available at http://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/haida.html

Jun 032011


Michael Nicoll Yahgulaanas. Component part of The Bracelet of Abundance 2011

Michael Nicoll Yahgulaanas. Component part of The Bracelet of Abundance 2011

Haida artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulaanas is preparing a new public sculpture for the city of Vancouver The Bracelet of Abundance. The stainless steel work will be placed on a retaining wall on Knight Street at 33rd Avenue East in Vancouver.

The bracelet is inspired by the unexpectedly abundant migration of salmon into the Fraser River in 2010. The Clark-Knight corridor links Vancouver to this river, one of the world’s most significant salmon runs,” says the artist.

Yahgulaanas currently has an exhibition with Joanne Hui, Haida Manga Reading Room + Comic Jam Studio, at the Gendai Gallery of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto until June 26, 2011. See http://www.jccc.on.ca/

Knowledge Network, Channel 5 in British Columbia, will broadcast several films about contemporary First Nations artists in June 2011. In its Masters series about the arts, a feature film called Pushing the Line: Art Without Reservations about Yahgulaanas and Marianne Nicholson will air on Tuesday June 21 at 9 pm and is repeated at midnight. The series Ravens and Eagles will also be broadcast in June.


Jan 072011

Aaron Glass will present his film In Search of the Hamat’sa at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York on Wednesday February 2 2011. On March 20 and 21 2011, at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester New York, Glass will give a lecture to accompany a public presentation of Edward Curtis’s 1914 silent film shot on the BC coast, In the Land of the Head Hunters. (See The Beat, March 2008.)