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Learn about the Indigenous history of the West End through Angela George’s story and original artwork, Sunset People.


Sunset People ~ by Skwxwú7mesh Weaver, Angela George, in collaboration with Gabriel George, səlilwətaɬ Knowledge Holder (2021)

Coast Salish Weaving, sheep’s wool 45.7cm x 25.4cm (18in x 10in)

 

Chief Dan George referred to his people of səlilwətaɬ as the Sunset People. He composed a prayer song recognizing that we turn to the Sunset at the end of each day and give thanks to the sun for warming our children, for giving us light, for nurturing our lands. We hold our hands up in gratitude to the setting sun and ask it to return tomorrow. His grandson, Gabriel George shares this history which is reflected in this weaving. Woven upside down then inverted, it reflects knowledge of past generations woven into the present. The setting sun on the horizon, viewed over the ripples on the Burrard Inlet and Salish Sea, reminds us to uphold the integrity of our ancestors, conducting ourselves according to the laws of nature, giving thanks, striving to illuminate the warmth and light of the Sun.

What characteristics or qualities of the West End do you see in this story and art?

Learn about Skwxwú7mesh Weaver Angela George here.

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