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Book Launch + Signing

Lalakenis/All Directions: A Journey of Truth and Unity

PAST - Saturday, June 18, 2016

Location: Macaulay & Co. Fine Art, 293 East 2nd Avenue, Vancouver

Special $20 launch pricing in effect ($30 regular price)

Join us at Macaulay & Co. Fine Art at 293 East 2nd Avenue in Vancouver to celebrate the publication of Lalakenis/All Directions: A Journey of Truth and Unity. Edited by Scott Watson and Lorna Brown, this richly illustrated hardcover book includes essays by Beau Dick, Chief Robert Joseph, Guujaaw, Gyauustees, Linnea Dick, Wanda Nanibush, Charlotte Townsend-Gault, Tarah Hogue and Shelly Rosenblum. The catalogue offers visual documentation of the belongings that were gathered together and displayed in the Gallery during the Lalakenis exhibition, along with images from the two journeys that culminated in copper-breaking ceremonies: Awalaskenis I (February 2013) beginning in Quatsino and ending in Victoria, BC and Awalaskenis II (July 2014) which saw Beau Dick and 21 companions setting out from UBC for Ottawa. The copper-breaking ceremonies marked ruptured relationships in need of repair, and passed the burden of wrongs done to First Nations people from them to the Governments of BC and Canada, reviving a shaming rite that once was central to a complex economic system and symbol of justice, a traditional practice that had all but disappeared. This publication reprints content from the exhibition guide in which Beau comments on the significance and role of coppers and the motivating factors for the journeys; Guujaaw speaks of the Taaw copper he made to be broken in Ottawa; Linnea Dick reflects on instigating, along with her sister Geraldine, the earlier journey from Quatsino to Victoria; and Gyauustees speaks about the ceremonies he conducts as a pipe carrier. Added to these texts are new essays by Wanda Nanibush, Charlotte Townsend-Gault, Tarah Hogue and Shelly Rosenblum.

Beau Dick and exhibition co-curators and editors Scott Watson and Lorna Brown will be in attendance. Special launch pricing will be in effect.

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