We Carry Our Ancestors: Cedar, Baskets and Our Relationships with the Land

 Ulli Steltzer, Alice Paul, 1975, Gift of Ulli Steltzer.

September 28 – December 21, 2019

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St. | Lekwungen territory

Curated by Lorilee Wastasecoot (BC Arts Council Curatorial Intern)

We Carry Our Ancestors weaves together generations of Indigenous women through cedar basketry. For the first time ever, Legacy Art Galleries will exhibit Nuu-chah-nulth and Salish historical baskets from the collection alongside portraits of weavers including Alice Paul, Rosie Ross, Mary Jane Jackson, Mathilda Jim, Julianna Williams, Liz Happynook, Lena Jumbo and Ellen Jumbo by documentary photographer Ulli Steltzer. Contemporary baskets by Salish artists Angela Marston and Brenda Crabtree, among others, will also be exhibited. Through new and intensive community research, this exhibition honours the resilience of women who have carried their cultures forward by passing down the art of cedar basketry to future generations.

Image: Ulli Steltzer, Alice Paul, 1975, Gift of Ulli Steltzer.

Programs & Events

Cedar Weaving Workshop With Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ weavers Rose & Brian Wilson

Saturday, October 26, 2019 | *Drop in between 10am-3pm (or while supplies last)
Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St. | Lekwungen territory |Faceboook Event

COST – Admission is always free | Weaving kits are between $15-$30. All proceeds go to the artists. Come overload your senses with the touch and smell of cedar while listening to weaver Rose Wilson and her son Brian from Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nation share how they process, harvest and weave with cedar. Weave your own cedar bracelet, headband or small basket. No previous weaving experience necessary.

Curator Tour

Saturday, December 7, 2019 | 1pm
Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St. | Lekwungen territory | Faceboook Event

Join us for a tour, discussion and tea with curator Lorilee Wastasecoot to respectfully close We Carry Our Ancestors.

By Bus – Sacred Cedar: History, Art and the Land

Land Based Workshop with Sarah Jim and Tiffany Joseph

Saturday, Oct. 19 | 9:15 am to 2:30 pm  | *return time is approximate | Faceboook Event 
To register, please email legacy@uvic.ca | *Space is limited
COST – $20 Students / $30 General Public/UVic Staff & Faculty | *Please bring cash 
***Please arrive at 9:15 at Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St. | Lekwungen territory 
Curator Lorilee Wastasecoot will give a short introduction and tour of the exhibition We Carry Our Ancestors: Cedar, Baskets, and Our Relationships to the Land. 
10:00am – The bus will travel from Legacy Art Gallery Downtown to Todd Inlet or SṈIDȻEȽ to support the SṈIDȻEȽ Resiliency Project by contributing to the land restoration and cultural revitalization work of Tiffany Joseph and Sarah Jim. We will gather and spend time on the land to talk about how XPȺ, which is SENĆOŦEN for cedar, is sacred and has been central to the way of life to the W̱SÁNEĆ people. Our co-hosts, Sarah Jim and Tiffany Joseph will talk about the significance of cedar through history, art, and contemporary relationships with cedar and explore the restoration strategies they contemplate in their work at SṈIDȻEȽ.

Tiffany Joseph is of ancestry is of Sḵx̱wu7mesh (Fresh Water people) and W̱SÁNEĆ (Saltwater people, Emerging people) peoples and she is a SENĆOŦEN Language & Culture Revitalization apprentice. 

Sarah Jim is an emerging artist from W̱SÁNEĆ. Her ancestry is mixed but her roots are in Tseycum First Nation. She has developed her skills and interests further by attaining a BFA at Uvic. Due to her close relationship to the land, she has been making art that consists of local flora and fauna, Coast Salish elements, and dreamy landscapes. Sarah’s intense interest and love for W̱SÁNEĆ territory has taken her down a path that allows her to interact with the natural environment by learning about the native plants of the area and reflecting upon those interactions visually.

NOTE ***Please dress for the weather. We will be working outside so please be prepared for some physical activity with proper footwear, rain jacket and water bottle. 
***We will have lunch together on the land so please bring yourself a bagged lunch and any snacks that you may need.

Opening Celebration

Saturday, Sept. 28 | 4 to 6pm |Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St. | Lekwungen territory

Join us for the opening event of We Carry Our Ancestors. Light Refreshments.