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Indigenous Art

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The-Story-of-the-Coast-Salish-Knitters-show_0.jpgThe Story of the Coast Salish Knitters​

Combining the ancient wool-working traditions of the Coast Salish people and knitting techniques of English and Scottish settlers, Cowichan sweaters have become a symbol of Canadas West Coast. This is the story of the people who make them.​

Click here to download a poster a bout the Coast Salish wool dog:


W-057.jpgA Journey Into Time Immemorial

'A Journey into Time Immemorial' is based on the story of Xá:ytem Longhouse in Mission BC in the Fraser Valley just east of Vancouver BC



wHOle_Whorld--600x602.jpgPerpetual Salish: Coast Salish Art in the Classroom​

Perpetual Salish: Coast Salish Art in the Classroom is an online resource centre for teachers, offering cross-curricular lesson plans to engage students and facilitate their understanding of Coast Salish culture and art.​




download.jpg5 Aboriginal Art Galleries on Vancouver Island​​

There are many ways to immerse yourself in the living traditions of BC’s Aboriginal people. ​


13233102_1132828103426003_1648187151265327226_n.jpgMulidzas—J. Curtis Wilson​

Mulidzas is the traditional name handed to Curtis Wilson during a family Potlatch held in 2001.  Curtis was born, raised and currently lives in Campbell River with his wife, daughter and son. His family comes from the four corners of the Kwakwaka'wakw territory.  Curtis's paternal grandparents come from Axwamees (Wakeman Sound), and Wei Wai Kai (Cape Mudge); my maternal grandparents come from Ba'as (Blunden Harbour), and Wei Wai Kum (Campbell River). 



andyeverson2_large.jpgAndy Everson​

Andy Everson was born in Comox, BC in 1972 and named Na̱gedzi after his grandfather, the late Chief Andy Frank of the K’ómoks First Nation. Andy has also had the honour of being seated with the ‘Na̱mg̱is T̓sit̓sa̱ł'walag̱a̱me' name of Ḵ̓wa̱mxa̱laga̱lis I'nis.​




Coast Salish Design Elements by Qwalsius - Shaun Peterson​

"A brief overview of two dimensional shapes used in Coast Salish design of Natives of the Pacific Northwest Coast Art tradition. This also explains briefly how this art form is not a formline tradition but a tradition unto it's own serving the needs of it's people, its community." - Qwalsius - Shaun Peterson.

Artist Biography Qwalsius - Shaun Peterson

Short biography piece on Northwest Coast Native American artist Qwalsius - Shaun Peterson shot over the period of Summer 2012 through Early 2013 with still images of portfolio. The artist discusses the career overview and philosophy.​

Haida artist Reg Davidson (skil kaat'lass hlk'iann k'usdann sgaanuwaa kiidlajuwee)​

Haida artist Reg Davidson (skil kaat'lass hlk'iann k'usdann sgaanuwaa kiidlajuwee) creates sculptures, silk-screen prints, gold and silver jewelry, weaving, carved masks, and painted drums. He talks about his passion for his work, and the importance of celebrating one's culture. 

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Harold Joe, Cowichan Carver, Totem Pole for M'akola Housing, Duncan BC

Harold Joe, Cowichan Carver, Totem Pole for M'akola Housing, Duncan BC. Harold discusses the planning, designing and carving of the pole. See the pole being moved with discussion by George Rice

Cedar Weaving - Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

Watch as QúQú Héy Yóóch -- "Bernadine Billy", Txwolt'malh -- "Holly Joseph" and n̓án̓attw Nkakúsene -- "Tanina Williams" work with inner cedar bark, a simple yet effect craft that all guests have the opportunity to practice and take home with them.​

Story of Cedar, Cedar Hat Weaving & Bark Pulling Cowichan Coast Salish

From the moment of birth, to the time of passing, cedar has traditionally played a vital role in the life of the First People of the Pacific Northwest.
This 30min documentary tells the story of cedar, how the bark is stripped from the cedar tree and prepared for cedar weaving (hats) and discusses the art of cedar weaving and the affect this workshop had on the participants. Project was facilitated by Maria Sampson. The video was produced by Louise McMurray and the Cowichan Aboriginal Film Festival and directed, shot and edited by Phil Ives.​

Downloadable PDF Documents

Coast Salish Weaving Documents

Nuu-chah- nulth​ Art Animals Coloring Book

​Susan Point: Spindle Whorl​

Powerful Pictures:​ Representation and Storytelling​
by The Art Gallery of Victoria

S’abadeb­— The Gifts: Pacific Coast Salish Art & Artists
Grades 3-12

Perpetual Salish Contemporary Coast Salish; Art from the Salish Weave Collection

Connections to Environment: Traditions of the Coast Salish People​

Canada's First Nations


o-BRIAN-JUNGEN-VARIANT-900.jpg15 Stunning Aboriginal Artworks From Across Canada​​

"We're celebrating the occasion by highlighting some stunning indigenous art from across the country. The art comes in many forms, from sculpture, to paintings and prints. It taps all kinds of influences, from traditional forms to pop culture.​"



Hunting Coat.jpg​National Gallery of Canada: Canadian and Indigenous Art: From Time Immemorial to 1967

In these transformed galleries, the remarkable stories that have shaped our land are told through art. Beginning with art from 5,000 years ago, and ending with abstract painting in 1960s Canada, this presentation features masterpieces of Canadian and Indigenous art. See renowned works by artists such as Tom Thomson, Emily Carr, Norval Morrisseau and Daphne Odjig, as well as new acquisitions, including works by James Wilson Morrice and the stunning Ceremonial Coat by an unknown Naskapi artist. Also on view are thematic displays that explore the magnetic north, inhabited landscapes, Canadians abroad, and the emergence of Inuit art: a true testament to the rich and multifaceted Canadian experience.​



ResistanceSlater.jpgResistance 150: Indigenous artists challenge Canadians to reckon with our history

The #Resistance150 project, led by Métis artist Christi Belcourt, has emerged as a prominent voice of protest. Many other artists have joined the movement, sharing work that celebrates the resilience of Indigenous communities and challenges Canadians to reflect on our country’s complicated legacy from a new perspective.​




IMG_7124-2.jpgReconciliation Art Project​

The Reconciliation Art Project is designed to help children, in an artistic and engaging way, explore our shared history and begin to imagine a future of togetherness between Indigenous People and all Canadians. 




Downloadable PDF Documents​

Aboriginal Art In Canada Slide Show

Exploring Aboriginal Art in Canada 

Music Alive Program TEACHER GUIDE​

Indigenous Arts & Stories​

Tea and Bannock Stories: First Nations Community of Poetic Voices 

Secret Path album and artwork​

​The Cree people

Stories the Totems tell