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Published on Aug 31, 2017
Mulidzas-Curtis, from the Wei Wai Kum First Nation in the Kwakwaka’wakw territory, is an artist living in Campbell River. His family lineage is rich with generations of talented artists. His Grandfather was Sam Henderson, a world renowned carver perhaps best known on Vancouver Island for his totem pole standing at the Campbell River Museum. His uncle Mark Henderson, who recently passed, was a respected painter known for his technical and complex depictions of traditional Kwakiutl figures. His uncle Bill Henderson is a sought after master carver specializing in totem poles, masks, bowls and paddles.
“Finding my cultural identity began with art. And now, I get to use that talent to teach my children and their peers to be proud of who they are and where they come from by taking my art and cultural traditions into their classrooms.
“The Identity: Art as Life art show at Vancouver Island University is a wonderful way to celebrate where I have come from, the importance of art in my life, and the future – wherever it may take us.”
Identity: Art as Life runs from September 14 to November 3, 2017 at The View Gallery at Vancouver Island University.