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Tea & Tales: Lil'wat Rock Paintings with Johnny Jones July 30th 2019
This past Tuesday the museum held it's fourth Tea and Tale. The theme for the program this year is Local Art: Past & Present. Johnny Jones told 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.