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Salish Sea Sentinel | November 23, 2017

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Carving out a life: Richard “Tomahawk” Thomas on his unique style

October 28, 2017 |

By Cara McKenna

While many artists learn traditional styles through years of mentorship, Snuneymuxw carver Richard Thomas never really had teachers.

His artwork is largely personal rather than traditional, and his striking pieces are informed by his life experiences and … Read More

2017 Malahat Golf and Gala

October 28, 2017 |

Malahat Nation will soon have a new multipurpose centre after another successful fundraising gala on Sept. 29.

The community raised more than $247,000 through the event and hosted 240 guests, according to organizers.

The event was held at Bear Mountain … Read More

Slhexun’s tthu Xpey’: Kw’umut Lelum youth carving cedar canoe

October 28, 2017 |

Photos courtesy of Kw’umut Lelum

Indigenous youth in care are spending the next year transforming a cedar log into a traditional canoe under the guidance of Stz’uminus artist Luke Marston (Ts’uts’umutl).

Kw’umut Lelum Child and Family Services launched a new … Read More

Coast Salish Stories: Swa’lam’thut Story

October 28, 2017 |

Told by Celestine Aleck (Sahiltiniye) of Snuneymuxw First Nation

My grandfather had told me this story he had learned from Swa’lam’thut. Swa’lam’thut was a great historian that my grandfather was fortunate to learn from.

Long ago in Malahat, there was … Read More

Yakima Territory

September 29, 2017 |

Told by Celestine Aleck (Sahiltiniye) of Snuneymuxw First Nation

My grandfather Ronald Aleck told me this story at the age of four, and he said this is the reason Yakima is so rich with land. He also showed me a … Read More

The revival of Coast Salish weaving

September 29, 2017 |

Story and photos by Tessa Vikander

The art of weaving Coast Salish blankets is a skill that’s thriving today, thanks to dedicated teachers like one husband-and-wife team from Squamish Nation who recently launched a book about their craft.

Hereditary Chief … Read More

2017 Tribal Canoe Journeys

September 29, 2017 |

Photos by Todd Peacey

Tribal Journeys is still resonating with thousands of people who attended the annual events in Campbell River this summer.

An estimated 100 canoe families were welcomed onto shore on Aug. 5 before guests spent several days engaging in … Read More

Artists embrace ‘intangible’ Coast Salish identity

September 29, 2017 |

Photos and story by Cara McKenna

Creating Coast Salish artwork in 2017 can be complicated: just ask multimedia artist Ostwelve (Ronnie Dean Harris).

“What I’ve been told is Coast Salish changes every year,” he said. “We’ve had a hard time … Read More

Musqueam welcoming figure ‘Si’em’ unveiled at SFU

September 29, 2017 |

A Coast Salish welcoming figure carved by Musqueam artist Brent Sparrow has been unveiled at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.

The piece, adorning the entrance of the university’s downtown campus, was revealed during a celebration on Sept 6.

It’s part … Read More

Developing future leaders: Coast Salish youth gather in Tla’amin

September 29, 2017 |

Photos and story by Cara McKenna

Several years ago, Lawrence Mitchell of Snaw-naw-as First Nation had a vision to give Coast Salish youth an opportunity to come together and learn about their culture.

This summer, he saw his idea realized … Read More