Carrying on the Tradition • Ravens and Eagles: Haida Art (Series 1)

Carrying on the Tradition • Ravens and Eagles: Haida Art (Series 1)

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Influenced and influential, April Churchill and Gladys Vandal stand out as highly gifted and talented Haida artists, both of whom have worked to preserve the Haida weaving tradition.

Cedar Bark Weaver: Victoria Moody • Ravens and Eagles: Haida Art (Series 1)

Cedar Bark Weaver: Victoria Moody • Ravens and Eagles: Haida Art (Series 1)

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A weaver from Skidegate, British Columbia, Vicki Moody uses cedar bark in the creation of a new style of art that brings together bold designs with her political views.

Distant Sounds: The Story of Qui Xia

Distant Sounds: The Story of Qui Xia

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Distant Sounds profiles Qiu Xia He, a Chinese-born pipa musician who lives in Vancouver.

Gwishalaayt ⎯ the spirit wraps around you

Gwishalaayt ⎯ the spirit wraps around you

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Gwishalaayt, which in the Tsimshian language means The Spirit Wraps Around You, follows the work of Northwest coast weavers and presents their woven regalia in cultural context at potlatches and other ceremonies.

Making the Most of Things: Elizabeth Gale, Furniture Maker

Making the Most of Things: Elizabeth Gale, Furniture Maker

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Portrait of Elizabeth Gale, an 81-year-old furniture maker. While raising a family in an isolated Newfoundland outport, she began making the furniture she needed. With just a few tools: an axe, pocket knife and saw, she made washstands, bureaus, couches, barrel chars, picture frames and other items.

Minqon Minqon: Wosqotmn Elsonwagon (Shirley Bear: Reclaiming the Balance of Power)

Minqon Minqon: Wosqotmn Elsonwagon (Shirley Bear: Reclaiming the Balance of Power)

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This film is an interview with well-respected Maliseet Indian artist, feminist, and activist, Shirley Bear (Minqon Minqon). Shirley discusses her use of petroglyphs in her paintings, her feminist perspective on the meaning of the petroglyphs, and the spiritualism which inspires her creative process.

NaXine Weaver • Ravens and Eagles: Haida Art (Series 2)

NaXine Weaver • Ravens and Eagles: Haida Art (Series 2)

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Profile of Evelyn Vanderhoop, a Haida artitst that weaves the NaXine robe or Chilkat blanket.

Painting with Fire

Painting with Fire

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British Columbia potter Cris Giuffrida is featured in this documentary which chronicles the unique and mesmerizing ritual of the semi-annual firing of the "Anagama," a Japanese wood-fired kiln.

Spruce Root Weaver: Isabel Rorick • Ravens and Eagles: Haida Art (Series 1)

Spruce Root Weaver: Isabel Rorick • Ravens and Eagles: Haida Art (Series 1)

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A weaver from Masset, British Columbia, Isabel Rorick uses spruce roots and makes some of the most intricate and beautiful hats and baskets in the Pacific Northwest.

Sum of its pArts

Sum of its pArts

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Nancy Edell “corrupted” the traditional craft of rug hooking with her own unique brand of kinky humour. Her family now grapples with the question of what do to with her legacy.

Susan N. Stewart • The Artists Life (Series 1)

Susan N. Stewart • The Artist's Life (Series 1)

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This episode of The Artist's Life profiles painter, Susan N. Stewart.

Universal Movement Machine: Meshell Melvin Portraits

Universal Movement Machine: Meshell Melvin Portraits

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Yukon artist Meshell Melvin uses the "Universal Movement" embroidery machine, invented in France in the 1860s, similarly to how an artist uses charcoal on a sketchpad.

Why?

Why?

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A 60-year-old woman responds to the question, "Why are you in art school at your age?" by telling the story of the struggles and adventures that have brought her to this stage of her life.