Bill Reid Gallery: Xi Xanya Dzam – Those who are amazing at making things

May 11, 2017

By: Maika Nguyen

A first-of-its-kind collective art exhibition is on now at the Bill Reid Gallery until September 4. The exhibition, entitled Xi Xanya Dzam (pronounced hee hun ya zam), is a Kwak'wala word describing incredibly talented and gifted people who create works of art.

11 recipients of the BC Lifetime Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations Art from 2007 to 2016 will be featured in the gallery, highlighting First Nation’s diversity and excellence through art and culture. These artists include:

2007 - Dempsey Bob, Tahltan, Tlingit

2007 - Robert Davidson, Haida

2008 - Mary Michell, Carrier

2009 - Earl Muldon, Gitxsan

2010 - Rena Point Bolton, Sto:lo

2011 - Primrose Adams, Haida

2012 - Norman Tait, Nisga’a

2013 - Mandy Brown, Nlaka’pamux

2014 - Alvin Mack, Nuxalk

2015 - Joe David, Nuu-cha-nulth

2016 - Susan A. Point, Musqueam

A combination of traditional and contemporary First Nations’ art, Xi Xanya Dzam is the first exhibition of its kind.

The gallery will showcase traditional masks, carvings, baskets and moosehide, as well as contemporary prints, sculptures and jewellery. The exhibition is open to all and gives the public an opportunity to delve into cultural histories through refined and intricate BC First Nations’ Art.



Although this exhibition is a celebration of excellence, co-curator Beth Carter reminds us that, “humility, a sense of responsibility, and the fulfilment of community obligations are as important as fame and prestige.”



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