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Māori Textiles and Ceramics

Vessels and Figures

“Among the most interesting cultural similarities was the historic development of intricately woven cloaks and robes, the Māori traditionally using flax (harakeke) interwoven with bird feathers and the Northwest Coast tribes weaving a blend of mountain-goat wool and cedar bark. For both, weaving and creation were serious and labour-intensive endeavours requiring skills that were passed on from generation to generation.”

Colleen Waata Urlich: “A vessel is a vessel in any context, but the use for which it was designed, the ceremonial or cultural context in which it was created, gives it a particular distinction. Customarily, clay had a specific geneology, and it is to this knowledge, ceremonial and traditional use that contemporary Māori clay workers have returned to give validity to a new art form within a traditionally non-ceramic culture.”

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Current Exhibition

Northern Exposure 2015

Northern Exposure 2015

May 30 - June 20, 2015

The Spirit Wrestler Gallery is pleased to announce the 9th Annual Exhibition of the students and instructors of the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art (Northwest Community College, Terrace, BC). The gallery is proud to have hosted this exhibition every year since the school’s inception and to offer the students a venue to have their work seen by an international audience. This year will also include the work of Dean Heron and Latham Mack, who were, as students, featured in previous exhibitions but are now instructors at the school, as well as being working artists. Dean Heron is also the recipient of one of the YVR Mid Career Artist Award for 2015.

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Spirit Wrestler Gallery

47 Water Street
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6B 1A1

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Between Abbott St. and Carrall St.

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