Reclaimed Culture Show at the BC Museum

Reclaimed Culture Show at the BC Museum

By trudy chiswell

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October 4 I was invited to the opening of a First Nations Cultural Artist Showcase at the museum, sponsored by TimberWest. The show was only on for two weeks until October 22 which is a shame because it is an amazing display of First Nations art and the artists behind the breathtaking work. The evening featured dignitaries from government, TimberWest, celebrated artists themselves and included a performance by some of the Indigenous dancers. I personally loved watching the children dance. I had a wonderful conversation with a man who is a hereditary chief and was wearing a beautiful button blanket. He shared with me that he was a student of the residential school in Alert Bay and how he has now been sober for 18 years after that negative influence in his life. The button blanket was passed down from his grandfather to his father, on to his brother and now he is the grateful owner of this beautiful piece of history and art. There was a difficult period of history when it was hidden and treasured. It was encouraging to see these talented people reclaim their culture and life in this small way.

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