Frank Assu discusses ‘Lekwiltok Anthology’

Frank Assu has brought oral and written history together in a collection of essays about the origins, history and culture of the We Wai Kai people of Cape Mudge.  The Museum at Campbell River will host Assu on Saturday, May 8, from 1pm-3pm, who will discuss the essay collection entitled ‘Lekwiltok Anthology’.  Born in Campbell River, Assu is the grandson of Frank Assu and great grandson of Chief Billy Assu and is a member of the We Wai Kai First Nation on Quadra Island and a member of the Laichwiltach Tribe, which is a sub-tribe of the Kwakwaka’wakw Tribes.

He self-published his anthology last year in 2009 and has been studying for his Bachelor of Education degree at Vancouver Island University, while working part-time for the Canadian Coast Guard.  In the same year he published a creative non-fiction piece in Vancouver Island University’s Portal Magazine called ‘K’umugwe Performance’.   Frank Assu resides in Comox with his wife and four children.

The cost for the talk is $6.00.  ‘A Lekwiltok Anthology’ is available for sale in the Museum Shop.  A book signing will follow the talk.  To register please call the Museum at 287-3103.

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Volunteer of the Year – Marjorie Beer

This past week, April 17 to 24th celebrates National Volunteer Week.  On Wednesday, April 21, the Volunteer Centre held their annual Awards night at the Campbell River Museum, with nominees for ‘Volunteer of the Year’ attending.  The Museum’s own Marjorie Beer, who has been volunteering at the Museum for 17 years, was this year’s recipient of the award.  Congratulations Marj!  The Museum values your contributions and all the help we receive from our other volunteers throughout the year.

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Mark Henderson – First Nations Painter

Mark Henderson is a well known First Nations artist and member of the Campbell River Band.  He began painting traditional Kwakuitl designs at age 11 and received encouragement from his father, Sam Henderson, a famous Kwakiutl carver.

Henderson says that both of his parents (his mother was the late May Quocksister Henderson, the eldest daughter of a high-ranking family of the Wewaikum Band) were a major influence in his early artistic development, and wanted him to be familiar with his cultural background, teaching him the legends, songs and dances that have been part of his family heritage for many generations.  He was also influenced by other artisits like Henry Speck, Mungo Martin and Willie Seaweed.

Henderson believes that it is important to maintain traditional elements and colour in his artwork, while experimenting and developing his own creative ideas.  He prefers to work in acrylic paint on paper and produces limited edition silkscreen prints from the originals.

Mark Henderson’s exceptional and beautiful original pieces and prints can be found in the Shop of the Campbell River Museum, along with other First Nations artwork including carving, basketry and jewellery.  For information call: 250-287-3103.

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Jorge “Two Eagles” Lewis – Traditional Drum Making

Jorge Lewis is a First Nations artist from the Snuneymuxw nation of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, who specializes in drum making.  Jorge is a descendent of powerful Shamans, mask dancers and chiefs.  He was taught the craft of drum making by Bill Garton, a Lakota sundancer, pipe carrier and spiritual seeker.

Drums are used in sweat lodges, singing circles, or to accompany a singer.  Jorge believes that drumming is a tool which assists us in getting centred spiritually, and it connects us with the inner self and with all that is around us. His love for life is evident in his work, and he lives and breathes his spiritual culture through his art work.  He has resided in Campbell River for the past 34 years.

The Hummingbird drum pictured here is available in the Museum Shop, along with other examples of First Nations artwork.  Call the Museum for more information 250-287-3103.

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Strathcona Centennial Expedition with Phil Stone

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Price Ellison expedition that led to the formation of BC’s first provincial park, Strathcona.  In July this year, photographer, author and mountaineer Philip Stone of Quadra Island will be leading a group into Strathcona Provincial Park to replicate Price’s expedition of 1910.  To introduce the history of the Park and provide insight into this summer’s expedition, Stone will present an illustrated talk at the Museum at Campbell River on Saturday, April 17 from 1 pm to 3 pm.

The Ellison expedition was undertaken at a time when 19th century attitudes were still prevalent in terms of looking at natural resources as something to exploit.  Although Strathcona Park was viewed as a nature preserve and ‘set apart as a public place and pleasure-ground for the benefit, advantage, and enjoyment of the people of British Columbia’. (Strathcona Park Act March 1, 1911), there were ambitious plans to build a railway into the Buttle Lake area and to construct a resort in the tradition of the Canadian Pacific hotels.

An early brochure about the park makes glowing references to its attractions:  ‘There are no venomous snakes, and no wild animals from which danger may be apprehended.  In most localities flies and mosquitoes are nearly absent, and will not interfere with the trout fishing.’

While this idealized version of the park might have eventually attracted the general public, Strathcona never did become the ‘Banff’ of Vancouver Island and despite a mine being built in the park in the 1960’s there has been relatively little development.  Stone hopes that the current expedition will raise awareness of the park and help preserve its natural state.

Philip Stone himself has explored Strathcona Park extensively over the past 20 years and has written several books on hiking on Vancouver Island.  He is currently the owner and editor of the Discovery Islander and WildIsle publications.

When asked how he initiated his current project, Stone explained that the first step in making the expedition a reality was to “write to the Premier”, and that “the SPPAC (Strathcona Provincial Park Advisory Committee) and BC Parks have been vital in getting the profile needed to have it recognized as an official reenactment’.”

The talk is in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibit ‘Into the Wild: The 1910 Ellison Expedition and the Birth of BC Parks’.  The cost for the talk is $6.00.  Please call 287-3103 to reserve a seat.  For more information on this summer’s expedition, check out Stone’s website: http://www.wildisle.ca/strathcona-park/expedition

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