See more extraordinary Northwest Coast art

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When the pandemic hit I was lucky enough to be involved with a project building First Nation Canoes with 7th and 8th generation canoe builders, the Billys, Mike and Mik Jr.

We worked with youth and had programs to develop employment skills making Strip Canoes and repairing older canoes. But the real treat was to be a part of building a traditional Dugout Canoe. Made from a single log, you’re not likely to see many of them being built any more, simply because we cut down all the good trees. The one we built was 45feet long.

I don’t work there anymore, but they’re still at it. If you’re in Vancouver, drop in and check it out:

Also, for those of First Nations, Metis or American Indian descent, there is no fee to enter the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.


MoA is one of the World’s great museums and well worth a visit if you are ever in Vancouver. It’s an easy ride out to the UBC campus from downtown.

It is in process of being retrofitted for seismic resilience so many of the exhibits have been placed in safe storage, but it is worth visiting for the magnificent statue of Raven and the First Men by the late Bill Reid - let alone all the amazing other artefacts.


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