Metaphors We Live By

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Metaphors We Live By

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This workshop complements the upcoming production of A Love Letter to Emily C by Sheri-D Wilson.

Wedlidi will call in the circle way and use story to explore the ancient knowledge and traditions of his ancestors, his mentors and the wisdom—keepers that have influenced his life. In his own words, the sacred is found in the space between right and wrong—it is found in the seed of the tree that we are intended to be.

To answer the questions, who am I, why am I, and where am I going, illumines our journey. Herein is our work.

About Chief Wedlidi Speck

Chief Wedlidi Speck is a member of the Namgis First Nation in Alert Bay, BC. His cultural connections are to the people of Kwakwaka’wakw—the tribe that gave Emily Carr her name, Klee Wyck—the Nuuchanulth and Island K’omoks. Wedlidi is the head chief of the Gixsam namima (clan) of the Kwagul tribe.

He has a seat amongst the naiichaplalamlath of the Mowachat, the nunemasaqalis clan of the Tlawitsis and is the speaker for his uncle George and E’iksan K’omoks. As a chief and spiritual leader, Wedlidi is recognized for his knowledge of traditional protocols and Indigenous relational practices. He is a story keeper and name-keeper for his families. His cross-cultural experiences have included jurying and selecting artworks for the BC Arts Council and BC Arts Festivals. He has provided art talks, moderated panels and hosted art shows and supported the refresh of UBC museum collection.

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019, 1:00 – 3:00pm
Location: Hotel Arts (119 12th Ave. SW)
Cost: $50

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Photograph of Wedlidi Speck

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