Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Wearing Traditions, Well Attended

Wearing Traditions took place at the West Vancouver Museum on August 12 as part of the Harmony Arts Festival. The event was a huge success, attracting many people from the community of West Vancouver. Those in attendance had the rare opportunity of enjoying the rich traditions of the local First Nations people through traditional dance, contemporary fashion and art.

"Wearing Traidtions: fantastic event, very interesting and informative. And a well-thought out, very well-presented accompanying exhibit. I really appreciate the point of view from which the history and life of this culture [Squamish/Coast Salish Nation] is presented, preserving its integrity and honour. Thoroughly enjoyed it." -- anonymous, comment book.

William Nahanee drums a legend to life.

Members of the Sna7em dance group transform into eagles during a dance.

The public is invited to join.

Pam Baker's models take a walk down the red carpet runway. Her company "Touch of Culture" centres on the principle of providing people with the opportunity to explore how modern style can be combined with traditional symbols.

Tracy Williams (Sesemiya) enlightens the crowd on the time-honoured tradition of basket weaving.

Rick Harry (Xwa lack tun) talks about the 30 foot long dugout canoe that he carved together with his friends and family.


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