Indigenous Peoples Day | Celebrating Coast Salish Artistry

It’s an honoured tradition to celebrate the rich cultural heritage and artistic contributions of Indigenous peoples on this day.  As we reflect upon their cultural heritage, we’re shining a spotlight on the extraordinary talent of Coast Salish artists.

From the snow-tipped peaks of Eagle’s world, cascading into the verdant river valleys of Bear, to the depths of the sea where the Killerwhale People dwell, each artwork created embodies the dramatic beauty and complexity of the world around us.

In recalling our past exhibition this year, Coast Salish Connections: Making it Flow, many remarkable works were showcased. During the opening of this exhibition, special guest Xwalacktun recalled, “We never had a word for art because everything had purpose, and the purpose is to pass on messages and for teachings.”

Cherished wisdom is spun throughout the Coast Salish symbols, patterns, and motifs as they dance through each artwork, reminding us of sacred memories to be shared with future generations.

Symbols such as the spindle whorl and geometric designs are central to Coast Salish art, inspired by the rich history of weaving and other cultural practices. Alongside intricate patterns and motifs, they tell stories of everyday life, the natural world, and the supernatural.

Our gratitude is extended to all the artists who participated, including Susan Point, Kelly Cannell, Angela Marston, Jane Marston, Margaret August, and many more for preserving and passing down their profound narratives that create a living history within each piece.

You are welcome to take this journey with us to explore a collection that continues to inspire and captivate.

Join us in celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day by visiting our gallery and experiencing the artworks of many Nations. Whether you are an art enthusiast, a collector, or someone seeking more knowledge about Indigenous culture, our collection offers something for everyone.

Discover the beauty, complexity, and cultural significance of Indigenous art today!