Stories of Maples
June 22, 2019
As Part of Laiwan’s exhibition Maple Tree Spiral: the pedagogy of a tree in the city, Saturday June 22 at 2pm: T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss will lead us with K’emk’emel’ay: Large Groves of Maples – Stories of Maples and Other Skwxwu7mesh stories. There’ll be food, beverages and Cease’s special Labrador tea.
T’uy’t’tanat – Cease Wyss is an indigenous plant educator and interdisciplinary artist of Skwxwu7mesh, Sto:lo, Metis, Hawaiian, and Swiss heritage. She has extensive experience producing various formats of media art for almost 30 years, and works as an ethnobotanist with traditional training by Indigenous elders. Cease combines culturally focused teaching with storytelling as a means to share knowledge. She recently co-authored Journey to Kaho’olawe, covering more than two centuries of the Kanaka family’s migration to the Pacific Northwest coast, and was also a recipient of the City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for film and new media in 2010. Among her long list of artist residencies and presentations is the Stanley Park Environmental Art Project, where she helped create public artworks after a storm devastated Stanley Park in 2006. Cease was the Vancouver Public Library’s Indigenous Storyteller in Residence in 2018. She is currently working in collaboration with artist Anne Riley on a project titled A Constellation of Remediation, toward creating Indigenous gardens in vacant gas station lots in the city, commissioned by the City of Vancouver’s Artist Initiated Projects Public Art Program.