Richmond library organizes celebration to boost awareness about Indigenous arts and culture

A display of traditional carved and woven artifacts by four Musqueam artists, as well as a performance by the Coast Salish Tsatsu Stalquayu, known as the Coastal Wolf Pack, will celebrate the conclusion of the Musqueam artist workshops held at Brighouse Library.

Celebration of Musqueam Expression, a free event on June 16, will feature the work of carvers Martin Sparrow and Richard Campbell, and weavers Gary Point and Sandra Guerin. The four artists hosted a series of classes aimed at teaching Richmondites more about Musqueam culture and heritage.

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In January, Martin Sparrow, who demonstrated traditional paddle techniques and how to carve a salmon, told the Richmond News he wanted to use his carving skills to show the world who the Musqueam are.

More than 100 participants attended the popular workshops, which were held over six months at the Brighouse Library. They learned traditional cedar weaving techniques as well as oral storytelling practices.

The workshops were coordinated in partnership with City of Richmond’s Public Art Program. These workshops were part of the 2019 Engaging Artists in Community Program for Public Art, which seeks to support artists with socially-oriented methods and promote the creation of collaborative engagements for artists working within communities.

The event which showcases the artwork of four Musqueam artists concludes the library’s second series of Musqueam Artists Workshops.

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