Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 5:00pm
Internationally known Musqueam artist Debra Sparrow will discuss the tradition of Salish weaving and its influence on her own artistic journey. As an artist, Sparrow has continued to innovate within the Salish style. Her contemporary works bring the power of Coast Salish culture into the twenty-first century and demonstrate her ability to push the boundaries of tradition. Most importantly, Sparrow has been instrumental in reviving the traditional practice of Salish weaving among the Musqueam people.
Debra Sparrow was born and raised on the Musqueam Indian Reserve in British Columbia and is self-taught in Salish design and jewelry-making. She is an acclaimed weaver who has been weaving for over twenty years and is deeply involved with the revival of Musqueam weaving. Sparrow is active in a program at the UBC Museum of Anthropology designed to teach fourth grade children about Musqueam history and culture. Over the years she has participated in numerous exhibits in both the United States and Canada and produced public installations in the city of Vancouver. Examples of her blankets are on display at the both the Vancouver Airport and the UBC Museum of Anthropology. Her work is also in the permanent collection of various museums and institutions, including the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, B.C., the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, B.C. and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle, WA.
Images: Takaya Wolf Tapestry (top); Salish Loom (bottom)
Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. / Saturday 12 - 4 p.m.
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