Weaving the Future

By: Bill Reid Gallery

Weaving the Future

October 6, 2021 – January 30, 2022

"When we teach our weaving, we honour our ancestors and let people know that we are here today, not just surviving but thriving. We went into hiding for so many years, and now it is time to share and to educate."—CHEPX̱IMIYA SIYAM’ Chief Janice George, Guest Curator

Weaving the Future explores the important role of mentorship, and how sharing traditional knowledge can build a sense of identity and promote healing. This exhibition features three established weavers—Debra Sparrow (Musqueam), Angela George (Tsleil-Waututh) and Janice George (Squamish), partnered with their students: Aleen Sparrow, Deanna George, and Anita Tetreau.

"Coast Salish robes, woven of mountain goat wool and local materials, were traditionally used for ceremonies, for spiritual protection, and as symbols of identity, nobility and leadership. With the introduction of colonization and commercial goods, the ancient techniques of spinning, dyeing and hand weaving were discouraged and our regalia was confiscated. Today, there is a vibrant renaissance of weaving, and an exciting exploration of new styles, colours and forms. We know our ancestors are with us, as we carry the teachings, and share them with the next generation."
—CHEPX̱IMIYA SIYAM’ Chief Janice George, Guest Curator

Weaving Design by Angela George
Photographs by Rachelle George, Poems Photography


Chief 7idansuu James Hart Emerging Artist Program Partner