Chinook Wawa Day: Aboriginal Cultural Experiences, Saturday June 27, 2015

Food, art, architecture, music, traditional medicine, carving and an opportunity for paddling.  Gain insights into aboriginal cultures and learn a few words in Chinook Wawa, the trade language spoken throughout British Columbia.

Join us from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, June 27 at the Creekside Community Center in the Olympic Village. For more information and to register e-mail us at:

Let us all get behind National Aboriginal Day tomorrow. Join us next week for some interesting cultural experiences.

Limited Seats available for this “Aboriginal Themed” Public Salon.

Full Day with lunch and refreshments. $35.00 – register

Saturday June 27th 10:00 – 4:00 pm

Location: Creekside Community Centre  Multi Purpose Room 4

Olympic Village

10:00 am                Sign In – Group Assignment

10:15 am                 Welcome Song – James Harry

10:20 am                 Introductions – Sam Sullivan

10:30 am                 An Introduction to Chinook – Professor Jay Powell

11:00 am                 Break into Groups

11:05 am                 Cedar twining – Brenda Crabtree &  Michelle Sound

–                               Deer Hide Mini Drum Project – Brenda  Crabtree & Michelle Sound

–                               Carving – James Harry

12:30 pm                Lunch-Salishan Caterers – Denise Sparrow

1:00 pm                   Architecture – Bill McLennan

1:30 pm                  Coast Salish Drawing & Formline Design – James Harry

2:15 pm                  Paddling

3:15 pm                  Nutrition Break (Bannock & Jam) – Denise Sparrow

3:30 pm                  Soap Berry Whip & Stinging Nettle Tea

3:40 pm                  Summary – Sam Sullivan

3:50 pm                  Drumming Song to End – James Harry

4:00 pm                 Wrap up

Sam Sullivan & Jay Powell

Dr. Jay Powell has lived a life of adventure that has involved work in archaeology, linguistics, translation, university teaching, and cultural revitalization. Over a period of 40 years, he collaborated with Vickie Jensen in the research and writing of more than 40 books on the Native languages and cultures of the American Northwest Coast. Jay taught anthropology at the University of British Columbia for three decades and now serves as a consultant for a number of Native groups in Washington state and British Columbia. He and Vickie live in Vancouver, Canada, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

James Harry

James Harry was born in 1989. He is of Squamish Nation and European decent. At an early age, he began carving with his father, Xwalacktun. Similarly, he learned painting skills from his mother, Jennifer Kleinsteuber.  In secondary school, James began his career as a professional artist, carving the door panels of the BC Aboriginal Sports Hall of Fame.  He attended Emily Carr University of Art and Design, obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 2014.

As an ECUAD student, James received scholarships and bursaries in recognition for his rigorous art practice and academic success.  The YVR Art Foundation honoured him in 2011 with the Career Artist Scholarship.  This allowed him the opportunity to create “From Sea to Sky”, a 6’ high aluminum totem pole that emitted light through Coast Salish Iconography cut by water jet.  In the same year, James completed a co-op internship with various artists in the United Kingdom where he learned metal casting and taught Aboriginal sculpture, painting and drawing in Scottish communities.  In 2013, he was chosen as student representative to travel with faculty members to the Sakahan Exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada. Throughout his time at Emily Carr, James worked with schools and communities to produce community-based art projects reflecting Canadian heritage, culture, and ideologies. Recently, Creative Scotland and the Royal Botanical Gardens of Edinburgh hired James to attend the Commonwealth Games of 2014 to demonstrate the integration of his individual style with Coast Salish Carving.

James’s current practice is focused on the development of sculptures and panels that abstract, deconstruct and transform traditional Aboriginal formline.  He continues to explore the impact of combining different types of wood with metal. His philosophy revolves around Indigenous ways of knowing.  His hope is that his audience will develop a sense of the individual self as not separate from nature, but interconnected in the manifestation of a larger whole.

Brenda Crabtree

Brenda Crabtree is the Aboriginal Program Manager at Emily Carr. She received her BA and MA (Cultural Anthropology) from Western Washington University. She belongs to the Spuzzum Band and has both Nlaka’pamux and Sto:lo ancestry.

Her teaching and art practice focuses on both traditional  and contemporary Aboriginal materials and techniques. She develops Aboriginal content curriculum and teaches Aboriginal art history and Aboriginal studio based courses as a sessional.

Her research includes travelling to Kuching, Malaysia, Borneo and Tuvalu.

Michelle Sound

Michelle Sound Perich holds a BFA in Visual Arts from SFU, School for the Contemporary Arts and graduated from the Emily Carr MAA program in visual arts. Her work explores her Cree and Métis culture and identity. She has researched the use of non-indigenous materials and pop culture in contemporary Pow-wow regalia in a series of mixed media works, including oversized dreamcatchers. Her current work Searching draws from archival research and oral histories to recover lost histories and knowledge.

Michelle is the Aboriginal Program Assistant and an Aboriginal Alumni Ambassador at Emily Carr.

Denise Sparrow

Owner/Operator, Salishan Catering

Denise’s involvement in cultural foods began when her grandmother and mother brought her on hikes to gather foods for their home then showed her how to prepare them in the Sechelt way.  In 1993, Denise applied this knowledge to her first food venture, which was selling salmon.  The salmon business flourished and eventually transformed into a catering business when her Aunt directed her to set up a food stand at a pow-wow… thus began Salishan Catering.  Denise also enjoys sharing her knowledge of traditional cultural cooking and food preparation in elementary schools.

Bill McLennan

Bill McLennan is a Projects Manager and Curator for the UBC Museum of Anthropology. In 1980, he originated the Image Recovery Project from which “The Transforming Image” was developed.






























I am bringing together an interesting set of experiences for students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 on Saturday, June 27 at the False Creek Creekside Community Center. This will be a day of learning about aboriginal cuisine, art, architecture, music with some paddling as well. Throughout the day the students will be introduced to simple phrases in the aboriginal based trade language Chinook Wawa which was spoken throughout the coast.























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