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“Bead, Stock and Bannock”
28/04/2018 @ 12:00 - 17:00$50
Table gatherings at METEQUE – enjoy a delightful saturday afternoon with artist Nico Williams Beadwork and Chef Maluh cooking workshop of bannock, foccacia, and soup. A Table Gathering series of traditional knowledge exchange. All beadwork and cooking ingredients are included in this activity and a sliding scale applies to allow everyone’s participation.
Marlene Hale, whose childhood nickname in Wet’suwet’en, the northern Athabaskan language of her people, is Maluh, was born in Smithers, British Columbia, a pretty little town at the foot of the Hudson Bay Mountains. One of 15 children (seven girls, and eight boys), Maluh learned to cook at a young age. Bannock bread was made daily in a huge baking pan that her mother, Lucy Rose Verigin still treasures. The family ate lots of salmon and wild game, cultivated a garden, and supplemented their diet by gathering wild foods and berries.
Returning to Vancouver, Maluh opened Chef Maluh’s Catering, specializing in West Coast First Nation’s cuisine. Besides catering elegant events, she teaches cooking classes and gives back to the Native community by speaking to First Nation’s organizations on subjects such as childhood obesity, and diabetes, conditions directly affected by diet. As a teacher, one of her most rewarding experiences has been working with a group of First Nations people who are HIV/AIDS positive. In her course ” Mind, Body & Spirit, the students learn basic culinary skills with an emphasis on shopping for healthy food on a limited budget and preparing nutritious meals to help strengthen their immune system. As part of the program, they work alongside tribal elders planting, tending and harvesting organically grown greens and vegetables in an Aboriginal Community Garden.
“Working in the garden has been a healing experience for my students,” says Maluh,” a chance to leave the problems of the city behind. They seem to gain physical and spiritual strength by spending time with the elders and getting back in touch with nature and with their cultural heritage.”
Nico Williams is an Anishinaabe artist from Aamjiwnaang First Nation. He creates contemporary geometric beaded sculptures. Williams is a graduate of the Print media department at Concordia University, Montreal (BFA, 2015). He has exhibited on a national and international scale. Mnidnoominehnsuk will be his second solo show debuting in August 2018 at the Ashukan Cultural Space, Montreal, Quebec
He has exhibited at the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation on Manitoulin Island. He has also participated in various group exhibitions, the Contemporary Native Art Biennial, 3rd edition Culture Shift – Une révolution culturelle, Art Mûr, Montréal, Quebec (2016), Beadwork: Visions of Peace, Mapuche territory ,Victoria, Chile (2015), and Impressions Nordique, Atelier d’Ile, Val-David, Quebec. (2015)
Price includes materials: $50
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Nico Williams has exhibited his work on a global scale. From large-scale installations to meticulously small beaded works, his body of work promotes a lasting peace and embodies his reflection on the Canadians and their relationships to the environment. His practice mixes a traditional spiritual dimension with reality.