Apr 142014
OUR MARKINGS EXHIBIT - Twitter tag #OurMarkingsSLCC

Twitter tag: #OurMarkingsSLCC


The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre will open a new exhibition, Our Markings on Thursday, April 24, 2014. This is the first exhibition to share both Coastal and Interior Salish traditions, and highlights the traditional and contemporary markings including the art and design of tattoo.

The event also will celebrate the opening of the SLCC Indigenous Knowledges Library. For more information http://www.slcc.ca

Mar 042014

Rick Harry Xwalacktun, Inchult Snaam, 2014

Every year the Artists for Kids Foundation releases a print edition by an outstanding Canadian artist. The revenue from sales of the art support the work of the Foundation, which includes the fine Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art in North Vancouver and many art enrichment programs in schools.

The 2014 chosen artist is Rick Harry Xwalacktun, of the Squamish nation. His work, Inchult Snaam, is made of moulded paper with abalone shell inlay; it will be launched on Thursday 13, 2014, at a public reception from 7 to 9 pm, at the Gordon Smith Gallery at 2121 Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver.

The issue price for one of an edition of 45 is $1500.



Jun 072012
Ancient Squamish Bowl

Ancient Squamish Bowl

While working on an unrelated project earlier this year, geoscientist Pierre Friele happened upon an ancient bowl and two copper pestles beside the Squamish River. Radio-carbon dating estimates that they date from about 1,600 years ago, plus or minus 20 years.

Rudy Reimer, a professor of First Nations history and archaeology at Simon Fraser University, said that he suspects the bowl was used in ceremonies for connections to the spirit world.

Squamish Chief Ian Campbell says that the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler has shown interest in exhibiting the bowl and pestles. For more information see http://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/whistler/squamish-artifact-dates-back-to-at-least-400-ad/Content?oid=2304405


May 062011

Skwxwu7mesh Snichim-Xweliten Snichim Skexwts / Squamish-English Dictionary

Skwxwu7mesh Snichim-Xweliten Snichim Skexwts / Squamish-English Dictionary

A celebration of a milestone for the Squamish Nation took place in April 2011. The first Squamish-English dictionary, developed over many years through collaborations among Squamish elders, educators, and linguists, has now been published by the University of Washington Press. Squamish educators hope that with this resource at hand, students attending their Nation school in North Vancouver will learn and help revitalize the language and culture of their ancestors.