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"Cedar People: Ancestors Living Among Us"
2000-11-08 until 0000-00-00
Bishop's University Art Gallery
The Art Gallery of Bishop's University is proud to present the
exhibition Cedar People: Ancestors Living Among Us by photographer
Nancy Bleck and sculptor Aaron Nelson-Moody.
Cedar People is a multidisciplinary exhibition that explores the
diversity of cultures existing within parallel histories. The content
of the exhibition acknowledges and celebrates social, ecological and
Cedar refers to a community of forests and peoples, whose common
health and history are inextricably linked together. People, in this
context, references both Coast Salish People and 'witnesses' who have
participated through ceremony as 'keepers of history' and who recall a
personal testimony of remembrance. Cedar people articulate individual
cedar trees, in a sacred area of old-growth forest, who have lived and
witnessed time for millennia (Nancy Bleck and Aaron Nelson-Moody).
The exhibition was motivated by the 1999 discovery of culturally
modified markings on the outside of bark of ancient cedar trees, which
indicated an authentic historical site thousands of years old. The
same area of forest, located in the Northern Squamish territory of
British Columbia, was scheduled for clear-cut logging that same year.
Successful efforts were made to halt the logging until a Land Claim
settlement could be agreed upon.
The exhibition will showcase a selection of large-scale vertical
panoramic color photographs by Nancy Bleck. The medium of photography
documents the natural and cultural history of the Squamish territory
and is intended to facilitate open and inclusive dialogue. Visitors to
the gallery are also invited to participate in woodcarving workshops,
which will be held by Aaron Nelson-Moody from Monday, November 6 until
Friday, November 10. Lastly in conjunction with the exhibition, there
will also be three films shown at Centennial Theatre, opposite the Art
Gallery. The films, a mixture of fiction and documentary, call
attention to the urgent need for effective forest management, and
simultaneously enrich the content of the exhibition.