Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology’s display One Mind, One Heart in its Multiversity Galleries, created by artist Ian Reid Nusi and curator Pam Brown as a response to the Northern gateway pipeline proposal. Nusi’s mask shows the sea monster ‘Yagis eating an oil tanker. http://moa.ubc.ca/
Macaulay & Co. Fine Art has opened a new gallery space east of Main at 293 East 2nd Avenue in Vancouver. One of the gallery’s artists, Heiltsuk artist Shawn Hunt has distinguished himself both in traditional work along with an evolving more personal innovative style with elements of Surrealism.
The Macaulay & Co opening show continues until March 30 2013. The next exhibition at Macaulay is recent work by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun from April 4 to May 4 2013. See http://mfineart.ca/
The BC Achievement Foundation has announced five artists as recipients of the 2011 BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations Art, the fifth year of the awards. They are:
Sonny Assu, Kwakwaka’wakw, lives in Vancouver BC; his exhibition at the West Vancouver Museum runs until November 5 2011. See his website at http://sonnyassu.com/
Stan Bevan, Tsimshian/Tahltan/Tlingit, is from Terrace BC, and is an instructor at the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art. As a teacher and as an artist, his influence on his peers and the next generation is great. Bevan has worked on the Kitselas Canyon site near Terrace extensively, leading teams of young carvers and designing poles there. His own portfolio is at http://stanbevan.blogspot.com/
Vera Edmonds, Lil’wat, from Mount Currie BC, is a master cedar root weaver. The Lil’wat Cultural Centres in Whistler houses her original works as well as older and valuable pieces she has carefully restored. She is on Facebook.
Shawn Hunt, Heiltsuk, is from Sechelt BC, whose current work was exhibited in October at the Blanket Gallery in Vancouver (see The Beat October 2011). Hunt works in both traditional and more “Pop” modes. See http://www.shawnhunt.net/
Jay Simeon, is a Haida artist who lives in Vancouver BC. From jewellery to masks to wood carvings and ceremonial regalia, he interprets traditional art form in a contemporary setting. Simeon was one of the artists featured in the recent exhibition at the Lattimer Gallery, Silver: Celebrating Twenty-five Years. His online portfolio is at http://www3.telus.net/kitsilan/
Calvert Island, on the central coast of British Columbia, is a site of increasing interest to First Nations and archaeologists. The Heiltsuk and Wukinuxv bands claim the area as part of their traditional territory. It is very likely the legendary Heiltsuk winter village of Luxvbalis.
Dr. Farid Rahemtulla of the University of Northern British Columbia initiated a dig in the shell midden with students this summer. They have found stone tools and bone implements possibly 6,000 to 10,000 years old.
In the 1960’s and ‘70’s Simon Fraser University Professor Roy Carlson lead a group of archaeologists who excavated 1,000 to 5,000 year old remains of Heiltsuk ancestors on the island of Namu, north of Vancouver Island. The remains were studied, and DNA and other analyses are being carried out.
Now, the ancestors are coming home to their burial place. On September 2 2011, Professor Carlson, Chief Harvey Humchett and the Heiltsuk Tribal Council reburied the remains.