‘My Canada! My BC! My Okanagan!’ is the theme of this year’s Heritage Week, February 13th to 19th, with events throughout the Central Okanagan. This Heritage Week also celebrates Canada’s Sesquicentennial birthday through the history of our communities and our people, sharing stories of the past as well as visions for the future. Explore and enjoy our heritage places and spaces throughout our beautiful valley.
The image we chose this year to represent our heritage is ‘Sacred Spotted Lake’, painted by Okanagan artist David Wilson. In this painting he captures the holistic nature and connections of our heritage with the sacred lake of the Okanagan People. If you’ve ever had questions about the importance of Spotted Lake to the Okanagan Native people, Heritage Week will open the door to understanding its significance.
The work of David Wilson is an exploration of traditional narratives of the Okanagan First Nations’ people.
Based on pictographs found on several sites in the Okanagan region, the artist creates an interpretation that embodies traditional stories.
Wilson was born and raised in the Vernon area and is a member of the Okanagan Indian Band.
He discovered Interior Salish pictographs in a book when he was 12, and later, while taking business courses, he worked and learned Native art forms from Coastal Salish and Haida artists in Vancouver.
After exploring the West Coast and Plains First Nations’ art forms, and drawing inspiration from his connection to the Okanagan Nation art, he came up with his own unique style. He continued to study pictographs, first in historic publications in local museums, and later in various First Nations art books and on-line.
Wilson’s style combines vibrant colours with linear forms often enclosed in a circle pattern. His art work draws on the symbols and stories of his Okanagan First Nations heritage and culture with an emphasis on the meaning and symbolism of the art of the Okanagan People.
Learn more about the artist at https://www.facebook.com/DavidWilsonSookinakin/
For more information about Heritage Week events, visit https://www.facebook.com/HeritageWeek2017/ or phone 250.861.7188