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Apr 08
Cove Cliff Report

Reid_REID002_Xhuwaji_Haida_Grizzly_1990.jpgIt is once again time to apply for the Bill Reid Cultural Grant.

The Directors of the Artists for Kids are pleased to announce one grant award will be available to North Vancouver elementary/secondary public schools in the coming year.

Successful applicants will develop projects which honour traditional indigenous  arts and their significant contributions to Canadian culture with the design and implementation of innovative school-based curricular projects.



This past year, at Cove Cliff Elementary School, the Reid Grant has been used to support a School Wide Weaving Project: Weaving in the Coast Salish Style.

The award provided opportunities to:

  • Bring in Angie Dawson, Squamish weaver to introduce weaving to our staff

  • Bring in Janice and Buddy George, Squamish weavers to work with our Gr. 3/4 students

  • Bring in Kiki Whitebear, Tsleil-waututh weaver to work with our Gr. 6/7students

  • Build 30 student looms

  • work with authentic yarn


IMG_8848.jpgStudents and staff worked with artists to learn the art of Coast Salish weaving, creating their own patterns with the wool fibers.






Coast Salish weaving is one of the great Aboriginal arts of North America. For centuries the Salish people of the Pacific Northwest have spun mountain goat hair and other fibers to produce exquisite blankets, robes, and tunics with colourful designs and emotional symbolism.

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According to oral traditions, blankets have been used for ceremonial purposes since the beginning of time. Salish blankets identified the wearer as being a civic and religious leader in the community. Honored individuals would be adorned with a blanket to distinguish them or they would sit or stand upon their blankets so as to raise them in accordance of their honored status. Blankets also represented an individual's wealth and were often given away to members of the community or even other villages to show prosperity. Because of their high value, blankets  were also used as a currency for which other goods could be purchased or bartered.

Women were in charge of making the blankets. Young girls were trained by their grandmothers as early as ten years of age, with more intense training as they got older. Weaving blankets required serious commitment and could take long periods of time to complete. Additionally, they were often associated with spiritual tasks or rituals such as abstinence.

Here is an article from the North Shore News talking more about Cove Cliff's Weaving Project.

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