Aboriginal art features thunderbird

An artist in residence program will see student-created Native Art tile murals going up in both BCSS & GFSS next month.

Artist Terry Jackson seeks input for the name to be given the tile mural they have created under an ArtStarts grant.

Over the last month, local Native artist Terry Jackson has been working with students at Boundary Central Senior Secondary (BCSS) and Grand Forks Senior Secondary (GFSS) under a grant through the Artists in the Classroom program to create a pair of tile murals featuring a thunderbird rising into the air above a great killer whale. “The idea of the thunderbird being the messenger of the Creator and overcoming the darkness of the whale and the undersea world,” explained Jackson.

He said that in northwest Native art, the thunderbird typically represented the messenger from the Creator and was a sacred creature from the sky world and the mountains. “When you saw it would be very awe inspiring.”

In most of the stories the thunderbird would take the whales and eat them at their nests up in the mountains.

“They say you can still find whalebones up in the mountains,” said Jackson.

Thunderbird represents that the Creator is much bigger than the whole scene that we see. It’s bigger than the world of darkness. When you see them together the thunderbird is always overcoming the whale.

The whale represents those parts of our personality— the instinctual parts of our personality that don’t have consciousness. “Some call it the reptilian part of ourselves,” explained Jackson. “We are just going by the instincts there is not any kind of illumination or consciousness to what we are doing.

“The underwater world represents the unknown— the unseen.”

The BCSS students are working with Aboriginal education teacher Marilyn Hanson, while the GFSS students work with Wanda Hecht. GFSS is also fortunate to have filmmaker Chris Bose who has documented the processes.

The primary funding partner is the non-profit group called ArtStarts, which has a long history of bringing professional artists into classrooms across B.C. The local school district also provided funding through the Aboriginal Education budget.

ArtStarts supports projects that put students in direct contact with a professional artist in residence in their classroom and aims to connect an art form and another subject area to meet evolving objectives in both.

A blessing ceremony for the BCSS mural will be held on Jan. 21, 2014.

 

Just Posted

VIDEO: Highway 3A reopened after mudslide cleared

A mudslide closed Highway 3A between Castlegar and Nelson just north of the Brilliant Dam on Wednesday.

B.C., Alberta clash as Kinder Morgan suspends Trans Mountain work

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley promises “serious economic consequences” for B.C.

Lt.-Gov. Guichon believes she made the right decision in last B.C. election

Outgoing Lt.-Gov Judith Guichon said her most memorable moments weren’t surrounding the election

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

16 of 20 fastest improving B.C. schools are public: Fraser Institute

Independent elementary schools remain at top of the chart in think tank’s annual report card

NAFTA: Talks continue through weekend in scramble to get a deal

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland called negotiations ‘perpetual’

Pulp mill fined $900,000 for leaking effluent into B.C. lake

Mackenzie Pulp Mill pleaded guilty to depositing deleterious substance into water frequented by fish

B.C.’s 2-year lobbying ban starts May 1

Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists can grant exemptions from the prohibition if public interest

Horgan speaks of government’s successes to ‘friends’ at CUPE BC convention

CUPE BC president Paul Faoro said was first time a B.C. premier addressed convention in some time

Speed Skating Canada fires coach Michael Crowe after investigation

Crowe was a coach on the American team from 1983 to 1991 and again from 1999 to 2006

5 things to know about the ongoing influx of asylum seekers in Canada

Number of illegal border crossings are up this year – as RCMP, military, politicians try to combat

Most Read