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Tech Talk with Witness Blanket Artist Carey Newman
Thursday, February 8 at 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.Free
Join Carey Newman for an unmissable evening on what drives his artistic process, including a new initiative to collect sound artifacts. He will also explore how technology can be fused into creating art and new media. The evening will begin with a Traditional Welcome offered by Chepx̱imiya Siyam’ Chief Janice George of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation).
Carey Newman, whose traditional name is Hayalthkin’geme, is a multi-disciplinary Indigenous artist, master carver, filmmaker, author and public speaker. Through his father, he is Kwakwak’awakw from the Kukwekum, Giiksam, and WaWalaby’ie clans of northern Vancouver Island and Coast Salish from Cheam of the Sto:lo Nation along the upper Fraser Valley. Through his mother, he is a Settler of English, Irish, and Scottish heritage.
Perhaps his most influential work, The Witness Blanket, made of items collected from residential schools, government buildings and churches across Canada, deals with the subject of Truth and Reconciliation. It is now part of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights collection.
Chepximiya Siyam’ Chief Janice George is an hereditary chief of the Squamish Nation. She is a trained museum curator, an educator, and a master weaver. She co-founded the L’hen Awtxw Weaving House to share the teachings and practice of traditional Coast Salish wool weaving and she co-authored the book Salish Blankets: Robes of Protection and Transformation, Symbols of Wealth. Check out her recent Tedx Talk, The Spirit Moves Like a Storm.
This program is part of the Witness Blanket, on view in the Library from January 26 – March 10, thanks to funding from the Province of BC and the WVML Foundation.