Comox Valley Art Gallery
July 20 - October 4, 2018
Potlatch 67–67: Then and Now is a multi-artist thematic program that examines the impacts of the attempted cultural genocide through the Potlatch Ban and the resilience of First Nation peoples in preserving their culture and language for future generations.
The Society contacted artists, cultural carriers, Elders, arts & cultural professionals and organizations to ask for their participation. The artists were invited to provide responses, through their creative practice, to the impact of the Potlatch Ban and its reinstatement on their lives, families, communities, art making and cultural practices.
Many artists agreed to participate and create new artworks that speak to their relationship and interpretation of the Potlatch Ban. Many of these artists have connections to the “Potlatch 67- 67” creators through various gatherings including arts based activities, clan events and Potlatches.