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‘Coastal Roots: Wood & Water’ Festival Weekend with Master Carvers, Film & Food Saturday, Sept 5
September 5, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
‘Coastal Roots: Wood & Water’ with Master Carvers, Film & Food, September 4 & 5, by donation. Join us for two evenings of presentations by historians and master carvers on First Nations history, traditions & contemporary explorations.
Saturday evening September 5 7:30pm – 9:30pm.
Origin Stories with Carver Kevin Cranmer
From northern Vancouver Island, Kwakiutl artist Kevin Cranmer will share the cultural roots that link to family lineage through names, songs, dances and ceremonial pieces – the visual and tangible expressions of his cultural roots.
‘Namgis / Mamlilikala artist Kevin Cranmer was born in Alert Bay, British Columbia, but has lived all but four years of his life in Victoria. Cranmer can trace his ancestry to the many nations of Kwakwaka’wakw people, as well as to the Tlingit of Alaska. His formal instruction came under the tutelage of his cousin, George Hunt Jr.He later worked with artists Tony Hunt Sr., Tony Hunt Jr., and Calvin Hunt. Kevin’s introduction to larger monumental sculpture began when he first started to work alongside renowned Nuu-chah-nulth artist, Tim Paul in Thunderbird Park at the Royal British Columbia Museum. Thus, his large-scale works include several large co-operative projects: a 40 foot pole which stands in Stanley Park, Vancouver; a 36 foot pole carved for the closing ceremonies at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland, New Zealand and an elaborately carved and painted Chief’s seat for the newly rebuilt Big House in Alert Bay.
Kevin Cranmer is an active participant within his own cultural continuance and is an initiated Hamatsa member, the most important of the complex dance societies of the Kwakwaka’wakw. His artistic works not only display the unique Kwakwaka’wakw traditions but also act as keys to its preservation. Kevin Cranmer continues to create pieces for family and for use in ceremony.
BARB CRANMER is an award-winning director who is a member of the ‘Namgis First Nation of Alert Bay, BC of the Kwakwaka‘wakw Nation.
“I have been involved in film and video for many years. The inspiration for my work has come from our people’s rich history and stories that are very important. They are stories that most often go unheard. I am the messenger of these stories and our communities have entrusted me with these stories to bring to the wider public.”
“I feel fortunate to be able to live the history of our people through the films I make. I get my source of strength from my community and most importantly from my family. They have given me a strong sense of identity, knowing who I am and where I come from.”
Cranmer’s films have been recognized at many film festivals, winning many awards and broadcast across Canada, US and Europe. Her body of work includes: Mungo Martin: A Slender Thread; Laxwesa Wa: Strength of the River; Qatuwas: People Gathering Together; Tlina: The Rendering of Wealth; I’tusto: To Rise Again; Gwishalayaat: The Spirit Wraps Around You; Co-Produced My Big Fat Diet; ‘Namegan’s Om Dlu’wans Awinagwisex: We Are One With The Land; and Potlatch: To Give, Part One and Part Two.
Her Writing credits include: Listening to Our Ancestors: Museum of the American Indian Exhibition,curator for the Kwakwaka’wakw section-2005; Chapter 9: Return to the Land of the Head Hunters, Reflections on Working with Edward Curtis-2014
She currently lives in Alert Bay, continues to make films, has served on ‘Namgis First Nation Council for 14 years and is a business owner for 10 years of Culture Shock Interactive Gallery.