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
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
Build 30 student looms
work with authentic yarn
Students and staff worked with artists to learn the art of
Coast Salish weaving, creating their own patterns with the wool fibers.
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
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.
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.