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  1. Camille Fred in front of "Naasḳuu-isaḳs Thliitsapiltthim", 1993. Painted by Ḳi-ḳe-in. Keeper of the history: Naasḳuu-isaḳs, Shaunee Casavant. Photo courtesy of Naasḳuu-isaḳs, Shaunee Casavant.

Talking about Thliitsapilthim

Nuuchaanulth Ceremonial Curtains

PAST - Friday, January 15, 2010, 10 am - 5:30 pm and Saturday, January 16, 2010. 10 am - 12:30 pm

Liu Institute for Global Issues
6476 NW Marine Drive
University of British Columbia

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A symposium on January 15-16, 2010 to mark the opening of Backstory: Nuuchaanulth Ceremonial Curtains and the Work of ̣Ḳi-̣ḳe-in at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, UBC

Tentative Schedule

Friday, January 15 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

10:00 – 10:15 am
Welcome and Introduction
Elder Larry Grant, Musqueam Nation
Charlotte Townsend-Gault, Curator of Backstory

10:20 – 10:50 am
Naasḳuu-isaḳs, Shaunee Casavant, Chief Councillor
Hupacasath First Nation

11:00 – 11:30 am
Ḥa’weḥtuu-is, Chief Benson Nookemis,
Ḥuu-eyat-ḥ Nation

11:40 am – 12:40 pm
KeynoteChuuchḳamalthnii (Ḳi-ḳe-in), Nuuchaanulth poet, painter, scholar, storyteller
Hupacasath First Nation

12:45 – 2:00 pm LUNCH BREAK

2:00 – 2:30 pm
Jonathan King, Keeper
Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, the British Museum

2:45 – 3:15 pm
Derek Thompson, Thlopkeetuup, Health Governance Coordinator
First Nations Health Council

3:40 – 4:15 pm
Denise Green, PhD student
Department of Anthropology, University of British Columbia

4:30 – 5:30 pm
KeynoteFred Myers, Silver Professor and Chair
Department of Anthropology, New York University

Saturday, January 16 10:00 am – 12.30 pm

10:00 – 10:15 am
Welcome and Introduction

10:20 – 10:50 am
Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Haida artist and storyteller

11:00 – 11:30 am
Chief Douglas White III, Kwulasultun
Snuneymuxw First Nation

11:40 am – 12:10 pm
Haayuusinapshiilth, First Nations Administrator, traditional historian
Tla-o-qui-aht Nation

12:15 to 12:30 pm
Charlotte Townsend-Gault, Professor
Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, University of British Columbia and Curator of Backstory

rsvp – Register

Thank you for your interest. Due to a great response, seats are no longer available for the symposium. For inquiries, please send an email to

You are welcome to join us for the opening reception of Backstory: Nuuchaanulth Ceremonial Curtains and the Work of ̣Ḳi-̣ḳe-in from 3:00 to 5:00 pm on Saturday, January 16 at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery.

For further information please contact: Jana Tyner at,
tel: (604) 822-1389, or fax: (604) 822-6689