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Tea & Tales July 30th

Tea & Tales: Lil'wat Rock Paintings with Johnny Jones July 30th 2019

This is the fourth in a series of seven presentations that will feature speakers from Birken, Mt. Currie, Pemberton, and Squamish.  Our theme this year is Local Art: Past & Present.

So what is Art?  Art is defined as the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, and includes the various branches of creative activity, such as painting, music, literature, and dance.

Why is Art is important?  Art reflects and informs the culture from which it emerges.  Art created reflects a time and a place and the values and beliefs of that place.  Art can be considered a mirror that is held up to inspire reflection on what is…and, what was.  Art can communicate thoughts and ideas across generations.

Today’s program features Johnny Jones who will be telling us about the oldest art form in the region “rock paintings”.  These paintings communicate messages to travelers throughout Lil’wat territory – yesterday and today.  Johnny is an Archaeology Cultural Technician with the Lands and Resources Department and has spent his life walking and studying Lil'wat traditional territory.  His traditional name means “weather changer” and he has spent his life promoting traditional knowledge and the stories about the land that sustains Lil’wat Nation.  The land and the people are one.

Johnny is the acknowledged expert on Lil’wat rock paintings, Culturally Modified Trees, and Housepits and has contributed greatly to our understanding of Lil’wat Traditional Territory. Johnny’s main focus is documenting cultural sites and protecting them from destruction.  He ensures Lil’wat nation is consulted and title and rights are addressed before any work moves forward on traditional territory.  He often travels to conferences and gatherings to share his knowledge.  He works with archaeologists, ethnographers and high school and university students to share his knowledge and to broaden our understanding of Lil’wat territory.   We’re honoured that Johnny could join us today to share his stories.