First Nations meets Japanese culture in Red graphic novel

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Meet Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. A B.C. Haida artist, Yahgulanaas is the creator behind Red: A Haida Manga, a 2009 groundbreaking graphic novel that combines Haida myth and Japanese storytelling. To celebrate the book’s publication in softcover, as well as a new solo art exhibit, Yahgulanaas will be at the Douglas Udell Gallery May 3.

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First Nations meets Japanese culture in Red graphic novel

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
Film, dance, music, adventure.. this weekend’s got it all!  Read on for our top picks for events happening around Metro Vancouver this Friday through Sunday.

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Aboriginal-themed luxury hotel opening in downtown Vancouver

Aboriginal art will be on display at the Skwachays Lodge. Pictured here: a totem pole in the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Photo credit: Hendl | Flickr

Aboriginal art will be on display at the new Skwachays Lodge. Pictured here: a totem pole in the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Photo credit: Hendl | Flickr

Museums and galleries are great, but for a real taste of First Nations culture in Vancouver how about a night in the Water Suite?

Sculptures of salmon crafted from wood and steel swim above the headboard, while works of aboriginal art hang alongside handwritten lines of poetry inside the suite, part of a brand new hotel experiment in downtown Vancouver.

Visitors interested in learning more about Canada’s First Nations will soon have the option of staying in an entirely aboriginal-themed hotel. Opening in May, the 18-room Skwachays Lodge will be the first example of an “aboriginal boutique arts hotel” in Canada, according to an article by Kevin Griffin in the Vancouver Sun.

Situated on West Pender and Taylor Streets near the edge of Chinatown, the hotel will cater to travellers seeking higher-end accommodation that offers a cultural twist, with rooms going for around $225 a night.  And the aboriginal connection is more than just a marketing ploy.

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Aboriginal-themed luxury hotel opening in downtown Vancouver

First-ever survey of Haida artist Charles Edenshaw debuts at Vancouver Art Gallery

Charles Edenshaw argillite platter, pre-1894 Photo Credit: The Field Museum, Chicago

Charles Edenshaw argillite platter, pre-1894 Photo Credit: The Field Museum, Chicago

Charles Edenshaw is one of Canada’s Northwest Coast art icons and one of Haida Gwaii’s most widely distributed artists. For the first time a survey of over 200 examples of Edenshaw’s work are displayed in one place – the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Entitled simply, Charles Edenshaw, the exhibition runs from October 26 to February 2 and presents art from public, private and family collections from across the globe.

Edenshaw was born in 1839 in Skidegate on the east coast of Graham Island in the archipelago of Haida Gwaii. Edenshaw was known as one of the islands’ strongest silver, argillite (a rare black stone found in the area) and wood carvers and went by the Haida name Da.a xiigang. Continue reading:
First-ever survey of Haida artist Charles Edenshaw debuts at Vancouver Art Gallery

First Nations Erotica Exhibit Comes to Vancouver

Preston Singletary: Geoduck, 2012.  Courtesy of Preseton Singletary Inc. Photo: Russell Johnson

Preston Singletary: Geoduck, 2012.
Courtesy of Preseton Singletary Inc. Photo: Russell Johnson

Chances are you’ve never seen First Nations art quite like this.

Just opened at Vancouver’s Bill Reid Gallery, RezErect focuses on the world of native erotica.  The cheekily named exhibition highlights sexually charged works from 27 First Nations artists, from phallic-shaped geoduck (giant saltwater clam) sculptures to bentwood boxes meant to connote the female anatomy.

“Sex figures prominently in aboriginal stories across the continent, as sexual humour, playful irreverence, spiritual reverence, place names, morality tales or other meanings lost in time,” writes co-curator and Haida artist Gwaii Edenshaw.  “We hope to carry on that tradition here – sexy, intelligent, provocative and fun.”

The exhibition, which is intended for adults and youth 16 years and older, will no doubt raise some eyebrows.   Continue reading:
First Nations Erotica Exhibit Comes to Vancouver