Today was the first day of the Exchange Program! We were lucky enough to have a guided tour at the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) of a series of exhibitions called c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city. Our tour was led by members of the Native Youth Program (NYP), who explained that what is now known as the neighbourhood of Marpole in Vancouver, c̓əsnaʔəm was first occupied almost 5000 years ago and became one of the largest of the Musqueam people’s ancient village sites approximately two thousand years ago.
The NYP is a youth summer program that has been in place at the MOA since 1979. Each year, six urban Aboriginal youth from the Greater Vancouver learn various aspects of working within a museum environment, including giving public tours, completing research projects, and participating in presentations and workshops by MOA staff.
After the tour of c̓əsnaʔəm participants from NYP and Exchange listened to artists talks from Walter Scott and Keg de Souza. Later, Nicole Cardinal facilitated an amazing beading workshop over lunch and conversation. Here are a few pics!
Exchange is a summer workshop that introduces future artists to Vancouver’s arts community. It presents teens with an opportunity to participate in a program exploring ideas of co-authorship and participatory practice in art and design with one-on-one mentorship from professional practitioners, engaged in a cultural discourse around the idea of home and identity.
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