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The Legacy of Hilary Stewart, Saturday September 17, 2016 – 8 pm
September 17, 2016 @ 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Author Vickie Jensen will present the life work of the late Hilary Stewart, whose work and study of the coastal peoples through thoughtful collaboration with experts and elders (often one and the same), hands-on teaching, artistic exploration, and an ethical approach to living on this planet has left an important legacy in British Columbia.
Hilary Stewart was an award-winning author, illustrator and advocate of archaeology and Northwest Coast First Nations cultures. Her publications such as Indian Artifacts of the Northwest Coast (1973), Cedar: Tree of Life to the Northwest Coast (1997), Indian Fishing: Early Methods on the Northwest Coast (1997), and Stone, Bone, Antler and Shell: Artifacts of the NW Coast (1996) have helped to disseminate knowledge about Northwest Coast cultures and archaeology to both professionals and the public. Her significant contribution to Images Stone B.C.: Thirty Centuries of Northwest Coast Indian Culture, a stunning and revolutionary exhibit and book by the same title by Wilson Duff, included locating all the pieces and creating all the photographs and drawings for the book. She visited major institutions and private collections, creating a documentary database of these remarkable items that have become part of the diaspora of Northwest Coast material culture. Later, she and Madeline Rowan curated an exhibit on the uses of cedar trees. This brought public attention to Culturally Modified Trees for the first time. She has spent her lifetime teaching, informing, supporting and collaborating with archaeologists. Ms. Stewart was one of the founding members of the Archaeological Society of British Columbia (ASBC).
Presenter Vickie Jensen juggles a number of careers—author, teacher, lecturer and photographer. Her ten non-fiction books and various articles reflect a fascination with people and the work they do. As founding editor of magazine, she went to sea every month on a different kind of workboat, talking with crew members and writing their stories. For her first book, she spent three months with Nisga’a carver Norman Tait in order to document the start-to-finish process of carving a totem pole and the training of young apprentices. Vickie and her anthropologist husband (Jay Powell) have lived and worked with various First Nations, producing over 40 native language and culture school books. She values the mentorship and friendship of Hilary Stewart, the First Nations elders/experts who have shared their knowledge and skill, and the UBC Museum of Anthropology which houses the Jensen/Powell archives.