emhám 

Celebrating Indigenous arts and knowledge.

Ucwalmícwts /emhám/ to be smart at something, knowledgeable. Adjective.  

Join Arts Whistler and the Lil’wat Nation’s Ts’zil Learning Centre every Thursday evening in September for Indigenous performances, music, knowledge sharing, and storytelling at the Maury Young Arts Centre. Don’t miss this weekly opportunity to build stronger relationships, share in Indigenous knowledge, and foster greater understanding leading up to National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Upcoming Events:

Arts Whistler is grateful to work, live and play on the shared unceded traditional territory of the Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation. To learn more about local Indigenous communities, visit www.slcc.ca 

All of the events in the series:

The Spiritual Warriors live at Lakeside Park 

The Spiritual Warriors give the audience a cultural experience with their energetic world music blend of contemporary roots, rock, and, reggae fused with the Líl̓wat Indigenous language. This truly unique band will take you on a cultural journey to the natural heartbeat of the Indigenous drum and the St’at’imc people. 

The Nt̓ákmen Calendar | Gathering Medicine | Walking With Plants

The Nt̓ákmen Calendar with Holly Bikadi | Nt̓ákmen, a St’atl’imx word, means “Our Way.” Learn the skills of harvesting food and medicine plants shared in Holly’s book The Nt̓ákmen Calendar.

Gathering Medicine: A Sḵwx̱wú7mesh perspective on the Role of Culturally Important Plants in Indigenous Resurgence with Leigh Joseph (ancestral name Styawat) | Explore the cultural interrelationships between people and plants from a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh perspective and how rebuilding these relationships connect to healing and resurgence. 

skwalwen.com | @skwalwenbotanicals

Walking With Plants | Watch as Styawat/Leigh Joseph navigates walking between academic and cultural worlds, and contemplates her relationship with plants and their role as teachers. Watch the trailer, look behind the scenes: www.walkingwithplants.ca, and follow @walking_with_plants_film

A Better Understanding of the Seven Sacred Teachings with James Darin Corbiere

The teachings of Love, Honesty, Courage, Truth, Humility, Respect, and Wisdom are ubiquitous, plastered across colourful posters in classrooms all across Canada, but are they truly understood? Explore the Seven Sacred Teachings by examining these English words but from the language of their Origin – Aanishinaabemowin.

The night will also include a musical performance from Willie Thrasher & Linda Saddleback. A trailblazing troubadour with an Indigenous heartbeat sound, Inuvaluit singer-songwriter Willie Thrasher is a legend of Indigenous folk-rock music. Thrasher has been performing his songs since the 1970s, joined by his partner Linda Saddleback for the last 15 years. Thrasher and Saddleback travel and perform sharing their songs and joy with audiences around the world.

www.easternwoodlandart.ca | @easternwoodlandart

X̱aayda (Haida) and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) Stories and Songs with Kung Jaadee

Immerse yourself in this lively storytelling performance, as Kung Jaadee shares her telling of a few famous Haida legends about Raven (Yaahl), the creator of the world, including Raven’s Feast. She will also share some famous Squamish legends about the sights viewable from Vancouver’s Stanley Park, including Siwash Rock and The Two Sisters (The Lions mountains). Accompanied by her drum, she’ll sing Haida songs and teach some basic words in Xaad Kil, Haida language. People of all ages will be captivated by these interesting legends that have universal lessons. 

Included in the night is also a musical performance by The Melawmen Collective. Melawmen in Secwepemcstin (Secwepemc language) means ‘medicine’ – to heal, share, and expand. The Melawmen Collective is a live performance musical act with a vision to create connections between Indigenous People and all others, developing our shared historical consciousness towards what the Secwepemc call ‘The Human Beings’.

Contemporary Indigenous musical fusion, woven together with elements of trip-hip hop, rock, and folk, brings a uniqueness of sound like no other. The Melawmen Collective, with rich rhymes and lush harmonies, draw in a wide variety of listeners sharing their own journeys of life through their musical evolution.

pebblestarartists.com/kung-jaadee | @kungjaadee

An Evening with Russell Wallace & Tillicum Shantie 

In the Chinook Jargon “Tillicum” means “people” and “Shantie” means “song” – and together we get “Song of the People.” Líl̓wat vocalist, Russell Wallace works with guitarist Tony Wilson to create jazz arrangements of original songs and St’át’imc songs, with influences from Indigenous jazz artists such as Mildred Bailey (Coeur d’Alene) and Jim Pepper (Kaw and Muscogee Creek).

 Russell Wallace and Tony Wilson are joined by Chris Gestrin (piano), André Lachance (bass), Kai Basanta (drums), Dave Say (saxophone), Deanna Gestrin (St’át’imc vocals), and Sam Dabrusin (vocals).

Russell Wallace on YouTube

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