2020 Coastal Lunar Lanterns

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Coastal Lunar Lanterns

Musqueam / Dené / Sto:lo / Tsleil-Waututh

 

To acknowledge that we are fortunate to be able to gather on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish People, these lanterns are created with the designs of Indigenous artists from the Stó:lō, Dené, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh nations in 2020 to celebrate one of the most important traditions in Asia – Lunar New Year. Celebrate like no other – LunarFest, with support from Tourism Vancouver, Vancouver Convention Centre and Indigenous Tourism BC, is proud to present these lanterns that are truly unique to the City of Vancouver.

Salish Sea

This design is a Salish Sea motif featuring the teachings and culture of the artist’s ancestors. This contemporary iconography of the Pacific Northwest includes representations of Black Fish, Dog Fish, Eagles, & Salmon. The Salmon symbolizes instinct, determination and persistence. Salmon is also a symbol of abundance, wealth and prosperity because the Salmon is the primary food source for the Coast Salish. It is also symbolic of dependability and renewal, representing the provider of life. Salmon in pairs are good luck.

The Black Fish (Orca/Killer Whale) symbolizes family, community and protection. He is said to protect those who travel away from home and to lead them back when the time comes. Orcas travel in large family groups, working together to preserve themselves. Orcas will often stay their whole life with the same family. It is believed that humans and orcas are closely linked, and that when great chiefs die, they become killer whales.

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Thomas Cannell / Musqueam

Born on Musqueam traditional territory in 1980, Thomas has worked alongside his mother, Coast Salish artist Susan Point as a carver and designer. In 2014, Thomas was awarded a British Columbia Achievement Award for First Nations Art and is currently a board member on the British Columbia Arts Council.

Lone Wolf

A lost lone wolf who’s been separated from its pack, calls out each night to communicate for others who may feel similar. During the day he hunts and travels seeking shelter to survive. Often he’ll need to compete to feed himself, as a lone wolf is unrecognized by other packs. He gains strength throughout his journey that gives him abilities other wolves lack. Senses that are heightened gaining an edge in combat.

This piece is a reflection of some people’s lives, who are abandoned, separated or forgotten and as the world keeps moving without them, they keep fighting for themselves.

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John Velten / Dené

Born and raised in Coquitlam, John has been an illustrator from a young age. John has studied Business and Fine Arts production under the mentorship of Alano Edzerza, and Design Foundations through the mentorship of Rick Adkins. He continues his practice carving and sculpting today with artist Phil Gray. John has been commissioned by the City of Vancouver for multiple installation works and is a recent recipient of the Museum of Anthropology Shop Emerging Indigenous Artists Contest for his Hummingbird design. John continues into the New Year with aspirations to continue creating pieces and connections of admiration.

Red Fawn

The piece is a combination of Coast Salish design principles, from hand drawn or carved mediums and also from woven textile patterns. The red fawn in this piece, is representative of the medicine that a fawn offers, in its curiosity, exuberance for life, and its gentleness. The zigzag patterns and coloring in the background depict paths travelled in the forests.

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Carrielynn Victor – Xémontélót / Sto:lo

Born into an Indigo generation with an innate desire to make progressive change through art, voice and action, Carrielynn is fueled by the passion to leave positive imprints within the earth and the people. Carrielynn was born and raised in Coast Salish territory, or the Fraser Valley, nurtured by many parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Carrielynn currently lives in the community her late father came from, Cheam, and works for the Stó:lō Tribal Council & The People of the River Referrals Office, providing research for Rights & Title matters as well as serving in a liaison role to community leadership.

Protector of the Mountain

The face on top is a representation of the artist’s ancestors sending prayers out to cover the land and people. The mountains are shaped like salmon heads because the snowmelt is the water they swim in and represents a strong connection in the artist’s Salish culture.

2020 Coastal Lunar Lanterns 04 Protector of the Mountain_Zachary George

Zachary “SKOKAYLEM” George / Tsleil-Waututh

Born and raised in North Vancouver and now living in Chehalis, BC. His work is inspired by his late grandparents, Chief Dan and Amy George, and Robert and Betty Edge. Zac studied carving with Don Joe of Chehalis and is proud to use the Coast Salish artistic style. He lives the rich cultural lifestyle of the Salish People: he is a hunter, fisherman, and follows the traditional spirituality practiced by his people for centuries.

Venue / Time

VANCOUVER

Jack Poole Plaza
Jan 18th – Feb 9th, 2020

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2021 Coastal Lunar Lanterns Family Ties

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Family Ties

In 2019, a group of Indigenous artists embraced the idea of celebrating the Lunar New Year tradition in the form of Coastal Lunar Lanterns, a collaborative project between LunarFest Vancouver and Tourism Vancouver that aims to make Vancouver the top North American destination for Lunar New Year celebrations. Musqueam artist Thomas Cannell had been involved in both 2019 and 2020 editions of the Coastal Lunar Lanterns; his mother, the renowned Susan Point, will lead her family of artists including Thomas, Kelly Cannell (daughter) and Summer Cannell (granddaughter) to be presented in an unprecedented artistic and cultural dialogue with the Pavavaljung family of artists from the Paiwan tribe in Taiwan.  Eight lanterns with designs from two Indigenous families originating from two ends of the Pacific Ocean will be part of the Coastal Lunar Lanterns – “Family Ties” in 2021. For Indigenous families in Canada and Taiwan, family is an extremely integral part of their societies and the same value is also shared in the Lunar New Year tradition.  Only in the Lantern City Vancouver can these lanterns be presented with the stunning backdrop of mountains and waters of British Columbia; it’s the coming together of nature, history, people and tradition.

Co-organized by ACSEA

Canadian Family

Wildfire

Susan Point / Musqueam

səl̓ilw̓ət (Ancestral Spirits)

 Thomas Cannell / Musqueam

Salish Sea

Kelly Cannell / Musqueam

Black Waters

Summer Cannell / Musqueam

Taiwanese Family

Brothers’ Sounds of
Love and Longing

Pairang Pavavaljung/ Paiwan

Children of
the Land and the Sun

Etan Pavavaljung / Paiwan

The Paiwan Wedding

Sakuliu Pavavaljung / Paiwan

The People from the Slope

Reretan Pavavaljung / Paiwan

Exhibition
Date

šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square
Feb. 11th – 23rd / Free Program

(formerly known as the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza)
750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC

PUBLIC HEALTH NOTICE

As the province is working to reopen the economy in a safe manner and more and more people are getting back to a new normal, please follow all public health guidelines to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Individuals should monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Respect social-distancing measures when outdoors and visiting the installation. Wear a face covering to protect yourself and others, especially when social-distancing is not possible such as on transit. By visiting the on-site Lantern City installation, you acknowledge that there are inherent risks associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic and will not hold ACSEA or our programming partners liable for your health.

Canadian Family

Wildfire

Susan Point / Musqueam

səl̓ilw̓ət
(Ancestral Spirits)

 Thomas Cannell / Musqueam

Salish Sea

Kelly Cannell / Musqueam

Black Waters

Summer Cannell / Musqueam

Taiwanese Family

Brothers’ Sounds of
Love and Longing

Pairang Pavavaljung / Paiwan

Children of
the Land and the Sun

Etan Pavavaljung / Paiwan

The Paiwan Wedding

Sakuliu Pavavaljung / Paiwan

The People from the Slope

Reretan Pavavaljung / Paiwan

Exhibition Date

Free Program
February 11th to 23rd
šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square 

(formerly known as the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza)
750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC

PUBLIC HEALTH NOTICE

As the province is working to reopen the economy in a safe manner and more and more people are getting back to a new normal, please follow all public health guidelines to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Individuals should monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Respect social-distancing measures when outdoors and visiting the installation. Wear a face covering to protect yourself and others, especially when social-distancing is not possible such as on transit. By visiting the on-site Lantern City installation, you acknowledge that there are inherent risks associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic and will not hold ACSEA or our programming partners liable for your health.

© 2022 The Society of We Are Canadians Too

2021 School Outreach Firecracker Workshop

2021 School Outreach

2021 School Outreach

Firecracker Workshop

 

Firecrackers are a long-running Lunar New Year tradition in some Asian cultures to scare away evil spirits or beasts. We can take this opportunity to start the year anew with resolutions and the importance of family in mind. These resolutions could be finding ways to protect ourselves, family members, friends, communities, countries or the mother earth. And as the pandemic must have had an impact on the ways children see the world, the tradition of the firecracker is a good way to reflect on what everyone can do to protect one another.

2021 LunarFest invites all teachers and students to start fresh and celebrate the Lunar New Year with a bang!

Master paper artist Hsin Fu Hung leads this series of virtual workshops, sharing his knowledge and experience of using paper and imagination to create intricate and colourful works. Students will get a chance to learn about the history and meaning of firecrackers during the Lunar New Year, then try to make their own decorative paper firecracker which can be made using any paper found in the classroom. When completed, it becomes a toy that makes a fun firecracker sound, and together, students can make a “firecracker concert” in their classroom!

To maintain safety, this year’s School Tour will be in a virtual format, allowing students to have the same fun and create experience! Please note, these firecrackers are non-functional paper crafts and for decoration only.

Venue / Time

VANCOUVER

Jan 14th – Feb 22nd, 2021
Primary Schools – Virtual Workshops

Richmond

Jan 14th – Feb 22nd, 2021
Primary Schools – Virtual Workshops

Kelowna

Jan 28th, 2021
Primary School – Virtual Workshop

The Greater Toronto Area

Jan 14th – Feb 22nd, 2021
Primary Schools – Virtual Workshops

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