Wednesday, May 09, 2007

A Contemporary Salish Vision: The Art of Xwa Lack Tun (Rick Harry)

Image of Snowboard. Artist: Xwa lack tun (Rick Harry), Squamish Nation, 2006. Photo by Urbanpictures. com

Next Enduring Traditions talk is scheduled on May 23 from 6:30pm at the Museum.

Photo of Xwa lack tun, standing in front of his sculpture, Sna7m Smánit (Spirit of the Mountain).
Photo taken by

Dr. Jennifer Kramer, Curator at the UBC Museum of Anthropology, will talk about Squamish artist Xwalacktun's career.

Dr. Jennifer Kramer obtained her PhD in the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University in 2003. She presently holds a joint position at the University of British Columbia as Curator of the Pacific Northwest at the Museum of Anthropology and as Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology.

Dr. Kramer's research focuses upon First Nations Northwest Coast art, past and present, as it intersects with international art markets, legal regimes, museums, cultural centres and band-run schools. She has written and taught on indigenous identity construction, the commodification of art, cultural patrimony, repatriation, tourism, cultural education and collaborative museology. Her book: Switchbacks: Art, Ownership, and Nuxalk National Identity, recently published with UBC Press in 2006, reflects upon the Nuxalk Nation's efforts to protect and pass on cultural heritage, and in this way, build contemporary identity in Bella Coola, BC. The book details the struggles and successes of Nuxalk leaders, educators and artists to produce cultural curriculum, sell Nuxalk art, repatriate cultural property, and protect the Nation from cultural appropriation.


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