Native artists kick off series

January 22, 2004, vol. 29, no. 2
By Carol Thorbes

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A panel discussion featuring high profile artists in B.C.'s and Ontario's aboriginal communities kicked off a winter series of presentations known as the Cedar Table series. The presentations aim to acquaint SFU's campus community with key issues impacting aboriginals through the eyes of experts in their community.

Evan Adams and Dennis Allen (left) were among four panelists who addressed a packed room.

About 50 people turned out to hear the speakers discuss mainstream media's view of aboriginal artists.

Adams is a Powell River native physician in aboriginal family medicine at St. Paul's hospital and an award winning television and film actor.

Allen is a filmmaker, actor and musician of native descent from Canada's Northwest Territories.

He has worked on the CBC series North of 60 and on a film for the National Film Board.

Visiting speaker Edgar Heap of Birds, an artist of Cheyenne and Arapaho descent, will speak at a Feb. 13 event, sponsored by the SFU geography department and the institute for the humanities.

It takes place at 10:30 a.m. in room C9000 at Burnaby campus.

Heap of Birds creates provocative public art in cities across North America, including Seattle, Vancouver, New York, Santa Fe and Denver. His work deals directly with issues of colonial violence, displacement and dispossession.

Prestigious halls of art, such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Institute and the National Gallery of Canada, exhibit Heap of Birds' work.

The First Nations student association and the First Nations student centre are co-sponsoring the Cedar Table series.

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