Vancouver

Bill Reid Gallery presents Keeping the Song Alive

  • November 2, 2022 - March 19, 2023
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: From: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Location: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art
  • Address:
  • 639 Hornby Street
  • Vancouver, BC V6C 2G3

Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art presents the Canadian premiere exhibition of Keeping the Song Alive from November 2, 2022 to March 19, 2023. Guest curated by Cheryl Kaka‘solas Wadhams and co-developed with the Jewish Museum & Archives of BC, Keeping the Song Alive shares the mostly unknown story of the decades-long work between ethnomusicologist Dr. Ida Halpern and the late Kwakwaka’wakw Chiefs Billy Assu and Mungo Martin to document hundreds of sacred and traditional songs that otherwise would have been erased due to the Potlatch Ban and suppression of Northwest Coast Indigenous culture.

Through a rich mix of traditional music and regalia, contemporary art, film, and historical documentation, Keeping the Song Alive celebrates a unique friendship, the spiritual power of music, and the beauty of preserving ceremonial art and culture for future generations. For Kwakwaka’wakw peoples, songs are an essential part of cultural knowledge and ceremonial life, part of the rights and privileges of Chiefs that strengthen identity and lineage. The Big House is a place of belonging where songs, language, drumming, and dancing come together, and where the next generation is continuing these traditions in a good way.

Bill Reid Gallery

November 2, 2022 – March 19, 2023 | Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm 

Bill Reid Gallery presents Keeping the Song Alive
639 Hornby Street