Artists and carvers Marcus Alfred

Art highlights walk

Carvings by five noted Kwakwaka'wakw artists unveiled.

ALERT BAY—Carvings by five noted Kwakwaka’wakw artists, commemorating the five ‘Namgis First Ancestors, were unveiled last week during the third annual Celebration of Wild Salmon Walk along the shore of Cormorant Island.

Works by carvers Marcus Alfred, Shaun Karpes, Don Svanvik, Wayne Alfred and Kevin Cranmer were affixed to each of the five awak’was along the shorline boardwald.

The walk, which celebrates the continuation of the use of the life-sustaining salmon in ‘Namgis culture, began at the BC Ferries dock and followed the boardwalk along the coast toward the Big House.

As marchers moved along the boardwalk, many of them young children carrying painted salmon pictures affixed to sticks, they stopped at each awak’wa for an unveiling of an art piece and a short interpretive speech and dance by the artist.

Students from T’lisalagi’lakw School prepared for the walk by painting wooden salmon to use on the walk. Later, these salmon will be used as memorials as community members make monetary donations in memory of a loved one, with proceeds going to the schools Traditional Food Program. The loved one’s name will be put on the Memorial salmon and they will be brought out and placed in our Traditional territory by students throughout the school year.

The Traditional Food Program uses experts from our community to teach our students how to prepare and preserve many of our traditional foods, such as smoked pink, sockeye and dog salmon, as well as barbequing sockeye and dog salmon.

The walk ended at the ’Namgis Bighouse with lunch and students did the salmon dance followed by the five local artist who created the ancestors doing the peace dance and finishing off with Amlala – fun dances. Salmon for the lunch was prepared by Clifford Rosback,Rick Oyler, Kevin Cranmer, Edgar Cranmer and Byron Alfred.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

UPDATE: More details released on search for missing Vancouver Island hiker

Searchers scouring Strathcona Park near Gold River for experienced 65-year-old on 40-kilometre trek

Port Hardy Fire Rescue hosts hands-on training

In total, 22 firefighters took part in the training weekend.

Vancouver Island North’s tourism bursting back to life

The North Island was buzzing the first weekend of July after Phase 3 allowed in-province travel

North Island Elementary students published in short story collection

Five Fort Rupert Elementary students are now bonafide authors

MP asks Minister of Transport for review of safe crew levels on new ferries

The new ferries were approved to run with smaller crew sizes, raising safety concerns

Horrifying video shows near head-on collision on Trans Canada

The video was captured on dash cam along Highway 1

UPDATE: Vancouver Island skydiving community mourns loss of one of its own

James Smith, 34, of Victoria, dies in Nanoose Bay incident

Elizabeth May endorses Furstenau in BC Greens race

Former federal party leader backs Cowichan Valley MLA

Fraser Valley woman complains of violent RCMP takedown during wellness check

Mounties respond that she was not co-operating during Mental Health Act apprehension

B.C. sees 12 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

Three outbreaks exist in health-care settings

Lost dog swims Columbia River multiple times searching for home

The dog was missing from his Castlegar home for three days.

COVID-19: B.C. promotes video-activated services card

Mobile app allows easier video identity verification

ICBC to resume road tests in July with priority for rebookings, health-care workers

Tests have been on hold for four months due to COVID-19

Would you take a COVID-19 vaccine? Poll suggests most Canadians say yes

75 per cent of Canadians would agree to take a novel coronavirus vaccine

Most Read