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Category Archives: Symbols

Sea-to-Sky Cultural Journey

“The highway signs look official and authentic and, as such, present the Skwxwū7mesh (Squamish) and/or Liĺwat7ul (Lilwat) languages on equal footing with English all along the route.” Inspired by Quentin Mackie’s recent blog post, rave reviews from friends of the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, and several recent drives to Whistler, I set out to explore […]

Totems in Stanley Park from Local First Nations

The Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations claim Stanley Park as part of their traditional territories. Yet, for generations, the totem poles in the park have been from communities in other parts of British Columbia. Now, local First Nations have rectified that situation and erected their own gateways in Stanley Park. The Vancouver Sun covers […]

Chehalis Sacred Sites Protected Under New Agreement

I love reading about agreements between First Nations and government which are designed to protect sacred sites. In the case of an agreement between the Chehalis (Coast Salish; Fraser Valley) and the BC government, the sacred area contains archaeological components — but spirituality, heritage, tradition, and history are also integral to this cultural landscape and […]

Vancouver 2010 Oympics Mascots Unveiled

My very first blog post was about the inappropriate choice of the Inuit Inukshuk as logo of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. Now, the Vancouver Olympic Committee (Vanoc) has unveiled the Olympic Mascots … and I am intrigued. The three mascots represent a variety of symbols of British Columbia — or in the words of the […]

More Stó:lo History in

Update The third installment is now out. In it, Shields inquires about the success of sharing forestry revenue between BC and a Fraser Valley First Nation (Leq’á:mél). Original Post Sandra Shields’ second installment in her series about efforts at reconciliation between native and non-native people in the Fraser Valley is out. Title ‘Beyond Teepees and […]

Vodou 2.0

A free magazine on campus includes this advertizement. The company’s website is under construction.

BC Art and Artifacts Bought; BC Has Lost Heritage and Cultural Symbols

In a (delayed) followup to my post about Tsimshian artifacts on the auction block, it appears that the Dundas Collection has been purchased by David Thomson, son of former Globe and Mail chairman, the late Kenneth Thomson. The intention seems to be to display the objects at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). The Canadian […]

University News Story on the Great Bear Rainforest

Canadian University Press reporter Bryna Hallam has written a lengthy piece (here, via the York University paper) about the land use agreements on the British Columbia Central Coast made between communities, governments, resource extraction companies, and environmentalists. The area in question has become know as the Great Bear Rainforest and is described by Hallam as […]

Fifteen Minute Observations and the Lions Gate Bridge

My students are starting to think about their term assignments – 15 minutes observations of a scene in everyday life – and I continue see great examples of things or places they might observe. The goal of the assignment is to identify the taken-for-granteds in our own culture, to identify the rules for behavior and […]

Inukshuk Reaction

For commentary on the Inukshuk olympic logo from aboriginal people see this story from The story offers opinions for and against the logo: Two B.C. native leaders say some First Nations people feel slighted by the new logo for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games and question why the emblem doesn’t have more West […]