Northwest Coast

, 2019

Northwest Coast is a publication series edited by Dana Claxton. Collectively, the series highlights the Northwest Coast region as a place in common that underlines the development and thrivance of the contemporary creative practices of five Indigenous women. Each book features a single text by a Northwest Coast First Nations artist in which they reflect on the sociopolitical context for their contemporary art practices and engagement with traditional Indigenous Northwest Coast visual culture. As Dana Claxton notes in her foreword to the texts, “It is my hope that the words and art in these precious volumes contribute to critical consciousness and justice for Indigenous People.”

Series titles include:
NCW #1 Skeena Reece, “When the Business of Native Art Criticism Becomes Critical”
NWC #2 Brenda Crabtree, “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted”
NWC #3 Morgan Asoyuf
NWC #4 Marika Swan, “Pulling Back into Place”
NWC #5 Roxanne Charles, “Hybridity: Practices Rooted in Indigenous Epistemologies, Born of Resistance, and Engaged in the Occupation of Sociopolitical Space”

$10 each, $45 set of 5
Softcover, edition of 200
5” x 8”
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This book project is supported by project grants from the BC Arts Council and the Hamber Foundation.

Available for order, orders distributed mid November 2019.

Author Biographies

Skeena Reece is an interdisciplinary artist of Cree, Tsimshian, Gitxan and Metis descent. She attended the Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design, is a former director of the Indigenous Media Art Group and founder of the Native Youth Artists Collective. Her practice includes performance art, spoken word, humour, “sacred clowning,” writing, singing, songwriting, video and visual art.

Brenda Crabtree belongs to the Spuzzum Band and has both Nlaka’pamux and Stó:lō ancestry. Her art practice includes cedar and spruce root weaving, drum making, moose hair tufting and beadwork. Her weaving focuses on traditional fibres such as inner cedar bark, cedar roots, spruce roots, and wool. Crabtree is Director of Aboriginal Programs at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Morgan Asoyuf (nee. Green) is a Tsm’syen interdisciplinary artist. Principally a jeweler proficient in the techniques of hollow building, engraving, and gem setting, her practice also includes painting, carving, and the fabrication of Tsm’syen regalia. She has apprenticed with artists such as Richard Adkins (Haida), Henry Green (Tsm’syen), and attended Vancouver Metal Art School with German goldsmith Gerold Mueller.

Marika Echachis Swan is a mother, artist, and community arts organizer of Tla-o-qui-aht (Nuu-chah-nulth), Scottish and Irish descent. She explores feminist Nuu-chah-nulth values through woodblock printmaking. Swan has also developed The Nuu-chah-nulth Living Archive, a community led research project which locates and documents Nuu-chah-nulth ancestral belongings and materials held in institutions and private collections around the world.

Roxanne Charles of Semiahmoo First Nation is an artist and cultural historian whose practice employs visual representation, oral history, and ceremony to directly responds to a troubling colonial present. Charles holds two undergraduate degrees from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and is currently completing her Master of Fine Arts degree at Simon Fraser University.

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