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Musqueam artists workshops filling up fast at Richmond public library

Martin van den Hemel   Jan-17-2019

Martin Sparrow will lead a workshop about traditional Musqueam paddles.

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A first-ever series of artists workshops about Musqueam culture have proven to be a big hit at Richmond Public Library.

Starting this Sunday and running through March 24, the free workshops hosted at the Brighouse branch of the library, have limited capacity and require pre-registration. Most are either full (and now have a waiting list) or are near capacity, according to Richmond library spokesperson Stephanie Vokey.

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On Sunday, Jan. 20, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Martin Sparrow will lead a workshop about traditional Musqueam paddles.

Participants will learn about traditional hand-carved Musqueam paddles and how they are used in cultural rituals and as everyday tools in Musqueam culture. Each participant will learn how to create their own designs and motifs on miniature wooden paddles. This workshop will be repeated on Sunday, Jan. 27 and Sunday, Feb. 3 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Musqueam artists Richard Campbell will be leading three workshops about salmon carving, starting Sunday, March 10 from 2 to 3:30 p.m..

Campbell will demonstrate traditional carving techniques, and will share stories and knowledge of the significance of salmon in Musqueam culture, including how it is used and prepared for sustenance and ceremonial purposes.

Campbell’s workshops will be repeated on Sunday, March 17 and Sunday, March 24, each from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Brighouse branch of the Richmond Public Library, located at 100-7700Minoru Gate.

The program is presented by the City of Richmond’s Public Art Program and the Richmond Public Library.

For more information, call 604-231-6413.

To pre-register for this or any workshop, visit yourlibrary.ca/events


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