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At The Gallery / A Fusion of Traditions by Speplól Tanya Zilinski

June 3 - August 8

June 3rd – August 8th 2024, Massy Arts will host, A Fusion of Traditions, a window installation by artist Speplól Tanya Zilinski.

The loom beaded tapestries in this series are a representation of reconnecting to culture and a blending of two Indigenous cultures (Anishinaabe and Stó:lō). They are an exploration of finding myself through culture and language therefore keeping it alive for future generations. Having been disconnected from my own culture and homeland has led me to explore and adopt my walking partners’ culture, traditions and language, which has connected me to spirit.

This project is supported by the British Columbia Arts Council.

The Massy Arts Gallery is located at 23 East Pender Street in Chinatown, Vancouver.
The gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday, 12pm to 5pm.
Entrance is free, and masks are mandatory.

To contact the gallery, send an email to: info@massyarts.com

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The Artist

Tanya is an Anishinaabe artist, of  Aggaamaakwaa Manitoba and is a member of The Red River Nation with family and ancestral ties to Dakota, Cree, Anishinaabe and Huron Wendat Nations throughout Turtle Island’s Plains and Great Lakes regions maternally and is Ukrainian paternally. One of their traditional names is Speplól, which means Little Crow and was a name given to them at the age of fourteen. 

They were born and have lived their entire life on Ts’qó:ls, which is the Halq’eméylem name for what is known to settlers today as “Hope, B.C”. Their medium is traditional Indigenous loom beadwork and the retelling of oral stories and teachings through patterns laid out on beadwork tapestries. They were taught to loom bead at 15 years old by an Elder in their community at Chawathil First Nation. Speplól has developed methods and techniques for creating large loom beaded tapestries made from tiny glass seed beads to pass down cultural knowledge of both Anishinaabe and Stó:lō cultures to their six children and future generations.  

 Speplól is connected to the Stó:lō community in the Teltíyt Tribe area through unification of the last 31 years, six children, and grandchildren. They have both training and permissions to teach the language and culture of the Upper River Stó:lō people and is a certified teacher of the BCTF currently teaching the language and culture for School District 78 Fraser Cascade. 

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June 3
August 8
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23 East Pender Street
Vancouver, BC Canada
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