This Week In History: Indigenous artists share their knowledge through digital arts


The Royal British Columbia Museum is sharing the art and knowledge of local Indigenous artists with the world, through digital videos.

After a popular outdoor carving studio closed in 2019 due to the pandemic, the artists which usually took part helped come up with a solution to continue public interaction.

The fix, the RBCM filmed the artists and posted the videos online for everyone to share.

Four artists took part:

Doug La Fortune, a Master Carver, who’s been practicing Coast Salish art for 50 years.  He showcases some of his work and shares how he became an artist.

Virgil Sampson demonstrates how to make a drum and discusses the importance of indigenous art

Lynette La Fontaine is a Metis beadwork artists.  They showcase their work with traditional materials.

Sarah Jim shares her work on a mural in SṈIDȻEȽ, or Tod Inlet.  She reclaimed a remnant of a cement plant with Coast Salish Artwork.

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