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‘Coastal Roots: Wood & Water’ Festival Weekend with Master Carvers, Film & Food Friday, Sept 4
September 4, 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.
Friday evening, September 4, 2015 – 7:30pm – 9:30pm
7:30pm: In Transformation: the Evolution of West Coast Cultural Expression by Marika Swan
Contemporary Nuu-chah-nulth artist Marika Swan will present slides from her research at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology and share her views on transforming traditions and teachings to contemporary art, a shifting from one to another.
Marika Echachis Swan is a writer, curator, community organizer, researcher, art workshop facilitator, and contemporary artist. Native to Clayoquot Sound, Marika is rooted in her culture’s teachings. She works in many mediums and media, and is considered an important emerging artist and contributor to contemporary Nuu-chah-nulth arts.
8:30pm: ‘Four Thunderbirds’ with Tim Paul
Master Carver Tim Paul will share the teachings of the Thunderbird through song, dance and four ceremonial pieces in a production prepared for the Carving Festival.
Nuu-chah-nulth artist Tim Paul was born in the isolated village of Esperanza Inlet, north of Tofino on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. He began carving in 1975 under the direction of Ben Andrews and later with John Livingston at the Arts of the Raven studio in Victoria, BC. He accepted the position of Assistant Carver to Richard Hunt at the Thunderbird Park at the Royal British Columbia Museum in 1977 and seven years later he became the first carver from outside of the Hunt family to hold the position of senior carver.
During his time with the museum he accepted and initiated many prestigious totem pole commissions including the Great Hall of the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Hull, Quebec and in Auckland, New Zealand as a presentation to commemorate the 1990 Commonwealth Games. In addition to these successes, Tim Paul also worked as the Chief Carver on projects for Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in England. Tim has been asked to make ceremonial pieces and cultural commissions through out his career. He has honoured traditional guidelines for making pieces that would represent the Nuu-chah-nulth people around the world. Today Tim Paul is a renowned contemporary west coast master carver, and one of the leaders of the Carving on the Edge Festival.