Philosophers' Café

Is there something therapeutic about traditional First Nations hand drumming?

What is the connection between traditional drumming and culture? Does maintenance of a musical tradition help conserve other aspects of culture, like language and art? Where is the balance between maintaining traditional forms and developing modern approaches to ancient musical styles?


Thu, 14 Dec 2017 5:30 PM

READ-Ability Lounge, 1st floor, City Centre Library, 10350 University Dr., Surrey | 604-598-7420 | Map


  • Gary George
    Gary hails from the Bulkley Valley around the Telkwa/Smithers/Houston/Burns Lake region in north-central British Columbia. Gary is also from the Wit'suwit'en First Nation. Many names in the Bulkley Valley reflect the Wit'suwit'en Culture, including names like Telkwa and Suskwa. Gary holds a degree from University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, as well as a Professional Development Program Certificate (PDP) and a Master of Education (M.Ed.) from Simon Fraser University. Before returning to school, he worked as the Wit'suwit'en fisheries manager and grew up watching the Delgamuukw court case wind it's way through court. Gary believes that he grew up in one of the nicest places in the world and often tells people in the Lower Mainland, "If you haven't seen Northern B.C. you haven't seen B.C."

Admission: Free. Registration not required.

Duration: 90 mins

Related topic(s): Liberal Arts

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