Smìmelehollhála is inspired by a family of swallows, and honours the traditions and values that have shaped my journey towards reclaiming my language and learning the history of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people of Canada. Like the swallow’s nest, a variety of materials were collected including medicine bags of ceremonial tobacco, small wooden paddles, and traditional Coast Salish weavings to line the interior of the work.
Being Stó:lō and living on Sqwá First Nation, I understand that learning by doing, storytelling, and cultural practices can bring a community together to protect and nurture its people. These are but only a few of the traditions that will help Indigenous communities move forward from the suffering caused by the history of colonization and denigration of Indigenous ways.
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