Friday, August 03, 2007

Wearing Traditions

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Sunday August 12, 11-5 pm

The West Vancouver Museum, in partnership with the Squamish Nation, is offering a rare opportunity for the public to enjoy the rich clothing traditions of the local First Nations people through traditional dance, contemporary fashion and art. This special Harmony Arts Festival event at the West Vancouver Museum on Sunday August 12th will include Sna7em dance group’s cultural performance, aboriginal designer Pam Baker’s fashion show, and weaving demonstration by Squamish artists Tracy Williams and Keith Nahanee.

Stitúyntm Enduring Traditions Exhibition
The West Vancouver Museum invites you to explore Enduring Traditions and experience the artistic expression of the Squamish people who utilize unique design elements and composition to create striking masterworks. This exhibition brings together historic and contemporary objects and images from both private and museum collections, offering an opportunity to appreciate treasured objects on public display for the first time.

Dance Performance by Sna7em
1 pm

The Sna7em dance group of the Skxwe7mesh Nation brings Squamish family histories, songs, legends and dances to life with their energetic performances. The name Sna7em is derived from the Squamish word representing the power, strength and energy of the Thunderbird. Members of Sna7em range in age from 4 to 65 and perform dances handed down through the generations. The Sna7em dance group provides a glimpse into their culture through singing, drumming and dancing.

Fashion Show by Pam Baker
2 pm

First Nations fashion designer Pam Baker blends traditional aboriginal designs into her contemporary clothing. Her company “Touch of Cult
ure” centres on the principle of providing people with the opportunity to explore how modern style can be combined with traditional symbols. A fashion show of Pam Baker’s design will be accompanied by drumming and singing by William Nahanee of the Squamish Nation.

Cedar-bark Weaving Demonstration by Tracy Williams

Tracy Williams (Sesemiya) of the Squamish Nation is an accomplished weaver who learned basket weaving from her grandmother and many other First Nations people along the Northwest Coast. Tracy says “I feel very honoured to carry on the teachings of our Ancestors and love to spend time harvesting Cedar, digging for roots, and creating clothing, hats, and basketry. My greatest accomplishment will be to ensure that my children learn how to weave, so that this knowledge will survive and thrive for many generations to follow.”
Blanket Weaving Demonstration by Keith Nahanee

Weaving continues to hold both symbolic and artistic value among the First Nations people and beyond. Squamish artist Keith Nahanee, who taught himself how to carve and weave, will demonstrate his skills in the art of Salish blanket weaving and share his passion in weaving. His creativity and respect for ancestors show through in his sophisticated weaving designs. Keith says “Everything I do, I am meant to do it. I was meant to carve and weave. I carry on what my ancestors did. I believe everything is intended.”

Do not miss this special afternoon event at the West Vancouver Museum and discover the traditions behind the celebrated art, dance, and fashion of the Coast Salish First Nations people.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of Odlum Brown, Penny Mitchell of RE/MAX Masters Realty of West Vancouver and the North Shore News for this event.

Thanks to our sponsors, admission to the Wearing Traditions event is free.

Please note: the event date changed from July 28 to August 12.

Top photo: Pam Baker's design showing paddles

Middle image: Pam Baker's conceptual drawing

Bottom photo: Bullrush Gathering, 2006 Tracy Williams


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