Item consists of a video recording of a live Zoom webinar hosted by Burnaby Village Museum curator, Jane Lemke. The webinar is titled "Creating Visibility in Wood Working" and is presented by Xwalacktun, OBC, Master Carver of the Squamish Nation. The Zoom webinar is the fourth in a series of six "N…
Date of Presentation: Thursday, May 6, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Total Number of tracks: 1
Total Length of all tracks: 50 min., 03 sec.
Recording Device: Zoom video communication platform
Recording Note: Film was edited from it's original recorded version (66 min., 53 sec.) to edited version (50 min., 03 sec.) for public viewing on Heritage Burnaby.
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Item consists of a video recording of a live Zoom webinar hosted by Burnaby Village Museum curator, Jane Lemke. The webinar is titled "Creating Visibility in Wood Working" and is presented by Xwalacktun, OBC, Master Carver of the Squamish Nation. The Zoom webinar is the fourth in a series of six "Neighbourhood Speaker series" webinars exploring a range of topics shared by Indigenous speakers and knowledge keepers that were presented and made available to the public between April 27 and May 12, 2021. The live webinar was also made available on the Burnaby Village Museum's facebook page. Community members were invited to participate by bringing questions during the interactive online sessions.
In this webinar, viewers join Xwalacktun as he tours his studio, sharing the tools and processes of carving. Xwalacktun shares photographs detailing the long process of turning a twelve foot-tall tree into a house post for his recently completed installation in the Diamond Family Courtyard of Vancouver General Hospital. At the beginning of the presentation, Xwalacktun shares a welcome song from the late Chief Cie Baker.
Following the presentation, Xwalacktun takes questions from the audience that are moderated by the host, Jane Lemke.
Xwalacktun (born Rick Harry) is a Squamish Nation artist whose works are recognized internationally. He was given his name by his father, a Hereditary Chief from the Seymour Creek area. From 1978 to 1982, Xwalacktun attended Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, BC, and graduated with a degree in sculpture. Xwalacktun is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Order of British Columbia (O.B.C.) for his many contributions to various communities. Xwalacktun is an accomplished artist in wood, paper, stone, glass and metals and his work can be seen around the Lower Mainland region.
Xwalacktun's biography can also be found on his website: www.xwalacktun.ca
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The following link was shared at the end of the presentation:
Xwalacktun’s website: https://www.xwalacktun.ca/