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c̓əsnaʔəm Discussion Series: Featuring Musqueam Community Member, Wayne Point


Discussion Series Pivotal to a Deeper Understanding of Musqueam Culture

Recently, the Museum of Vancouver has been hosting several events on Musqueam culture, heritage and history in support of our award winning exhibit, c̓əsnaʔəm: The City Before the City. The sharing of knowledge on this ancestral village (previously located in the South Vancouver’s Marpole area) is so pivotal to gaining a deeper understanding of Musqueam culture and the city’s history.

After a canoe building session and tour of the Musqueam Cultural Centre Gallery with Kelly Louis in June, the discussion series returned to MOV. Last week, Wayne Point - a practiced archeologist and craftsman in traditional tool making and Musqueam artifacts - shared with our audience several tools and materials ranging from quartz, carved stone and basalt arrowheads. The talk was followed by a walk through the c̓əsnaʔəm: The City Before the City exhibition. Point elaborated on the intricate histories and details of the many displayed belongings.

This discussion series continues on July 21 when Alec Dan shares his experience taking part in the c̓əsnaʔəm vigil to protect this 4,500 year old village and cemetery from development in 2012 and draw connections between past and present Musqueam culture and heritage. More info HERE.

In September, Larry Grant, Jill Campbell and Vanessa Campbell will present an introduction to Musqueam’s traditional language. More info HERE.

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