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Beau Dick: Devoured by Consumerism
Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: 10; 11; 12; University/College;

Accompanying an exhibition of Beau Dick’s work, this beautifully illustrated volume distills his powerful argument against our unsustainable way of living.

"With this body of work, Beau intended to launch his most overt critique of a system that he knew was unsustainable, in favour of a return to the cultural values of his people, and his profound generosity compelled him to share these values as widely as possible." - LaTiesha Fazakas

Beau Dick (1955 - 2017) was celebrated far beyond his hometown of Alert Bay, B.C., for both his political activism and his creation of striking, larger-than-life carved masks inspired by the traditional stories of the Kwakwaka'wakw. Dick's multi-faceted engagement with Kwakwaka'wakw culture included carving (which he learned from Northwest Coast artists such as Henry Hunt, Doug Cranmer, and Bill Reid), storytelling, and dancing.

As a high-ranking member of Hamat'sa, the prestigious Kwakwaka'wakw secret society centred on the story of a ravenous, man-eating spirit, Dick drew on all these art forms to create regalia for and participate in elaborate ceremonies that enacted Kwakwaka'wakw cosmology. Devoured by Consumerism shares nearly two dozen of these masks: vivid, unforgettable creations, made with traditional and contemporary methods and materials, depicting figures like Cannibal Raven, Nu-Tla-Ma (Fool Dancer), and Bookwus (Wild Man of the Woods).

Texts by LaTiesha Fazakas, John Cussans, and Candice Hopkins outline the stories that the masks depict, consider the inescapable parallels between Hamat'sa and the consumerism of capitalist society, and grapple with the philosophy that animates Hamat'sa - one that seeks to confront and, ultimately, master the voracious appetites inside us all.

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A useful book for the study of art and culture.

Devoured by Consumerism is Beau Dick's aesthetic response to Western capitalist values and an overt critique of the unchecked commercialism of capitalist society. The intention with this hardcover publication is to contrast the Kwakwaka'wakw economic and legal system of potlatching, which also functions as a way of maintaining and preserving oral history, again Western society's system of capitalism. The book references the Hamat'sa ceremony during potlatch, wherein the Hamat'sa cannibals' insatiable hunger and consumption is 'tamed' ritually through the dance. The power to control one's hunger is considered much greater than the power of hunger itself. This book works to critique the West's ravenous need to devour and consumer by presenting works that highlight this Kwakwaka'wakw worldview. 

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96 pages | 8.00" x 9.00" 

 

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Becoming Our Future: Global Indigenous Curatorial Practice
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: University/College;

This book investigates international Indigenous methodologies in curatorial practice from the geographic spaces of Canada, Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Australia. From a perspective of Indigenous peoples important place within society, this collection explores how Indigenous art and culture operate within and from a structural framework that is unique and is positioned outside of the non-Indigenous cultural milieu.

Through a selection of contributions, Becoming Our Future articulates this perspective, defines Indigenous curatorial practice and celebrates Indigenous sovereignty within the three countries. It begins to explore the connections and historical moments that draw Indigenous curatorial practices together and the differences that set them apart. This knowledge is grounded in continuous international exchanges and draws on the breadth of work within the field. Contributors include Nigel Borell, Nici Cumpston, Freya Carmicheal, Karl Chitham, Franchesca Cubillo, Léuli Eshraghi, Reuben Friend, Heather Igloliorte, Jaimie Isaac, Carly Lane, Michelle LaVallee, Cathy Mattes, Bruce McLean, Lisa Myers, Julie Nagam, Jolene Rickard, Megan Tamati-Quennell, and Daina Warren.

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Becoming our Future: Global Indigenous Curatorial Practice is a co-publication based on the three-year Tri-Nations International Indigenous Curators' Exchange, and was a joint initiative between the Australia Council for the Arts, Canada Council for the Arts and Creative New Zealand. It features artists and the curatorial perspectives of Indigenous curators from Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

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228 pages | 6.25" x 9.25"

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Colour & Draw: Northwest Coast Native Formline
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12; University/College;

Native Elements - Colour & Draw: Northwest Coast Native Formline Colouring Book

Explore the traditional design styles of the Pacific Northwest with the Native Elements Colour & Draw: Native Northwest Coast Formline Colouring Book. This book features 32 pages of colouring space and blank sketching space.

Join in as artists from the Pacific Northwest use Indigenous formline techniques to create authentic interpretations of Pacific Northwest animals. Each artist uses their own style of authentic Northwest Coast formline to create various interpretations of the animals presented on each page.

Features:

  • Features the artwork of over 10 indigenous artists.
  • Includes both colouring pages and blank sketching pages.
  • Printed in Canada using non-toxic, vegetable-based ink, and water-based coating.
  • 32 pages; measures 8.5" x 11".
  • One page at the beginning of the book with words and insights from the artists about Indigenous art and formline.

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This is a colouring book for adults and young adults; however, intermediate and secondary students would still enjoy colouring in the animal drawings and creating their own drawings on the blank pages provided!

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$9.95

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Colouring Bentwood Boxes: Northwest Coast First Nations and Native Art Colouring Book
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous American;
Grade Levels: 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12; University/College;

Native Elements - Colouring Bentwood Boxes: Northwest Coast First Nations & Native Art

Find your own creative rhythm in Colouring Boxes of Treasures: Northwest Coast First Nations and Native Art.

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- Features the artwork of over 20 indigenous artists. One page at the beginning the book includes insights about bentwood boxes from the artists.

- Coloured back cover featuring every design for inspiration.

- Printed in Canada using non-toxic, vegetable-based ink, and water-based coating.

- 32 pages; measures 8.5" x 11".

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This is a colouring book for adults and young adults; however, intermediate and secondary students would still enjoy colouring in the intricate drawings.

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Colouring Journal: Northwest Coast First Nations & Native Art
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Indigenous American;
Grade Levels: 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12; University/College;

Nurture your spirit! Slow down and explore colouring while learning about the Indigenous Peoples and cultures of the Pacific Northwest. Find your own magical and mysterious story woven within these pages." - Melaney Gleeson-Lyall, Musqueam, Coast Salish

Colouring Journal: Northwest Coast First Nations & Native Art features 14 journal pages and 16 original art designs from different Northwest Coast First Nations and Native American artists that take the reader/drawer through a journey of self-reflection and design.  The images and text in this book are the work of various Indigenous artists of the Pacific Northwest.

Inside Colouring Journal, you will find pages explaining the significance and symbolism of different animals and supernatural beings, followed by questions and space to journal. Facing the journalling pages are beautifully detailed colouring pages to complement the questions for reflection. Find your own magical journey woven within these pages.

Features:

  • Features 16 original art designs.
  • Printed in Canada using non-toxic, vegetable-based ink, and water-based coating.
  • 32 pages; measures 8.5" x 11".
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Colouring Our Drums: Northwest Coast First Nations & Native Art Colouring Book
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12; University/College;

Native Elements - Colouring Our Drums: Northwest Coast First Nations and Art

We are all born to the beat of a drum, it is within us. Our drum beat is what leads us to find our own path through our journey in life. - Doug Horne, Coast Salish

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Features 32 pages of original drum drawings from Northwest Coast Indigenous artists.  One page at the beginning of the book includes words and insights from the artists about drums.

Printed in Canada using non-toxic, vegetable based ink, and water based coating.

32 pages; measures 8.5" x 11".

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This is a colouring book for adults and young adults; however, intermediate and secondary students would still enjoy colouring in the intricate drum drawings.

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Dana Claxton
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Sioux; Lakota; Hunkpapa;
Grade Levels: 11; 12; University/College;

Known for her expansive multidisciplinary approach to art making Vancouver-based Dana Claxton, who is Hunkpapa Lakota (Sioux), has investigated notions of Indigenous identity, beauty, gender and the body, as well as broader social and political issues through a practice which encompasses photography, film, video and performance. Rooted in contemporary art strategies, her practice critiques the representations of Indigenous people that circulate in art, literature and popular culture in general. In doing so, Claxton regularly combines Lakota traditions with "Western" influences, using a powerful and emotive "mix, meld and mash" approach to address the oppressive legacies of colonialism and to articulate Indigenous world views, histories and spirituality. This timely catalogue is the first monograph to examine the full breadth and scope of Claxton's practice. It's extensively illustrated and includes essays by Claxton's colleague Jaleh Mansoor, Associate Professor in the Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory at the University of British Columbia; Monika Kin Gagnon, Professor in the Communications Department at Concordia University, who has followed Claxton's work for 25 years; Olivia Michiko Gagnon, a New York-based scholar and doctoral student in Performance Studies; and Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

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160 pages | 9.08" x 10.60"

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First Nations Art Projects and Activities
Format: Coil Bound

This art project and activity guide contains 13 lessons in basic shapes and designs at the junior and secondary level and 17 projects at the elementary level.

1. Salmon model.
2. Totem pole.
3. Mask.
4. Paddle.
5. Village.
6. Story.
7. Symmetry.
8. Complete design.
9. Drum.
10. Calendar.
11. Christmas decorations.
12. Blanket.
13. Headband.
14. Sun design paper fold.
15. Bookmark.
16. Canoe model.
17. Potlatch.

The art styles focus on the traditions of the Salish and the Kwakwaka'wakw of the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. 

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167 Pages 

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First Nations Art Teachers' Handbook
Format: Coil Bound
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Developed for the First Nations Education Division of the Greater Victoria School District, this 35-page booklet is comprised of a series of forms to assist the art teachers in the classroom.  Contains forms for planning lessons, graphics from four Northwest Coast artists who teach in the classroom, lessons for basic, intermedia, and advanced lessons.

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35 Pages

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Learning by Designing Vol. 1: Pacific Northwest Coast Native Indian Art
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous American; Indigenous Canadian;

This reference and instructional manual contains a detailed thoroughly analysed, well-supported comparisons of the four Pacific Northwest First Nations art styles. There are 800 clear, detailed illustrations accompanied by straightforward copy. Topics include design formalise, ovoids, U shapes, S shapes, heads, body parts, and design formation, as well as a step-by-step "How to Draw" section.

This reference and instructional manual contains a detailed, thoroughly analyzed, well-supported comparison of the four Pacific Northwest First Nations art styles. There are 800 clear, detailed illustrations accompanied by straightforward copy. Topics include design formline, ovoids, U shapes, S shapes, heads, body parts, and design formation, as well as a step-by-step "How to Draw" section.

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Learning By Designing Vol. 2: Pacific Northwest Coast Native Indian Art
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous American; Indigenous Canadian;

This companion manual to Volume 1 puts First Nations art into deeper cultural context, providing Native Indian philosophy, knowledge and skills foundation, code of ethics, and interviews with a contemporary First Nations family, as well as some aspects of historical context and a description of the Potlatch. A full colour, 16-page creation story with 20 designs is included.

Additional topics include: contemporary design evolution with 50 examples, 20 designs to draw and paint, and a Quick Reference Chart containing over 100 designs.

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Learning By Doing: Northwest Coast Native Indian Art
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous American; Indigenous Canadian;

This book contains step-by-step instructions and illustrations on the basics of drawing, designing, painting and carving in the Pacific Northwest Coast Native Indian art style.

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$24.95

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People Among the People: The Public Art of Susan Point
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Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: 11; 12; University/College;

“I feel that it is important to re-establish our Salish footprint upon our lands, to create a visual expression of the link between the past and present that is both accessible and people-friendly. . . . I create unique, ‘original’ artwork that honours both my people and the diverse group of peoples from around the world who have come to live upon our lands on the Northwest Coast. My hope is that my art leaves a lasting impression on visitors, locals, and the surrounding communities.” — Susan Point

This beautifully designed book is the first to explore Susan Point's publicly commissioned artworks from coast to coast.

Susan Point’s unique artworks have been credited with almost single-handedly reviving the traditional Coast Salish art style. Once nearly lost to the effects of colonization, the crescents, wedges, and human and animal forms characteristic of the art of First Nations peoples living around the Salish Sea can now be seen around the world, reinvigorated with modern materials and techniques, in her serigraphs and public art installations—and in the works of a new generation of artists that she’s inspired.

People Among the People beautifully displays the breadth of Susan Point’s public art, from cast-iron manhole covers to massive carved cedar spindle whorls, installed in locations from Vancouver to Zurich. Through extensive interviews and access to her archives, Robert D. Watt tells the story of each piece, whether it’s the evolution from sketch to carving to casting, or the significance of the images and symbolism, which is informed by surviving traditional Salish works Point has studied and the Oral Traditions of her Musqueam family and elders.

In her long quest to re-establish a Coast Salish footprint in Southwest British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest of the US, Point has received many honours, including the Order of Canada and the Audain Lifetime Achievement Award. This gorgeous and illuminating book makes it clear they are all richly deserved.

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208 pages | 10.17" x 12.39"

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The Good Lands: Canada Through the Eyes of Artists
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;
Grade Levels: 10; 11; 12; University/College;

Fifty years ago, Canada celebrated its hundredth anniversary of Confederation. At Expo 67, in communities across the country, we celebrated our coming of age as a modern, bilingual, bicultural nation—a place where anyone from any culture could thrive.

But beneath the applause and the cheerful music was a darker note. In his public address at the festivities, Chief Dan George lamented what Canada’s centennial did not celebrate: the colonization and marginalization of Indigenous peoples who lived on these “good lands.” Now in the year of Canada’s 150th birthday, we honour a new understanding of our past. We have begun—at long last—to share in a process of national reconciliation and to come together to reimagine our contribution to a global future.

Artists give form and meaning to both the land and the invisible landscape of the spirit, both the past and the future. The works of Canada’s artists—both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, historical and contemporary—invite us to see our country and our place within it with new eyes. This book celebrates their visions, as well as the good lands we have shared and shaped for millennia that, in turn, have shaped us.

This book celebrates this country and honours the beauty and power of our shared spaces. In looking through the eyes of our artists, we are reminded that the land holds us, not we the land, and that we share our territories with other sentient beings, with trees and grass, with rocks and rivers.

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288 pages | 11.31" x 9.97" | 150 Images

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The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;
Grade Levels: 11; 12; University/College;

The Land We Are is a stunning collection of writing and art that interrogates the current era of reconciliation in Canada. Using visual, poetic, and theoretical language, the contributors approach reconciliation as a problematic narrative about Indigenous-settler relations, but also as a site where conversations about a just future must occur. The result of a four-year collaboration between artists and scholars engaged in resurgence and decolonization, The Land We Are is a moving dialogue that blurs the boundaries between activism, research, and the arts.

The contributors to this book include leading artists and scholars engaged in questions of resurgence, restitution, and decolonization.

Contributors: Jordan Abel, Leah Decter, Jonathan Dewar, David Garneau, Ayumi Goto, Allison Hargreaves, Gabrielle L'Hirondelle Hill, Jaimie Isaac, David Jefferess, Layli Long Soldier, The New BC Indian Art and Welfare Society Collective, Sophie McCall, Peter Morin, Skeena Reece, Dylan Robinson, Sandra Semchuk, Adrian Stimson, Clement Yeh, and Keren Zaiontz.

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"This beautifully produced, richly illustrated volume not only offers readers a visual journey into the featured artistic installations and performance pieces, but through its creative use of text and graphic design is itself an artistic statement on reconciliation." --Winnipeg Free Press

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Recommended for students in grades 11 and 12, as well as at a college/university level.  

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240 pages | 6.50" x 9.50"

 

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