Experience Sto:lo art and culture Saturday

Here's what’s in store for the 2015 Cultural Experience Series at the Sto:lo Resource Centre, which kicks off in Chilliwack March 28

Carrielynn Victor with Sto:lo tea at the Sto:lo Gift Shop.

Carrielynn Victor with Sto:lo tea at the Sto:lo Gift Shop.

Ey Swayel!

That’s how to say ‘good day’ in Halq’meylem.

It’s also a way for organizers to announce what’s in store for the 2015 Cultural Experience Series at the Sto:lo Resource Centre, which kicks off in Chilliwack on Saturday, March 28.

The theme for the upcoming Saturday series presented by Stó:lo Tourism is ‘Experiencing an Ancient Culture – Inspiring a Community.’

Chilliwackians are welcome to experience and take part in the creation of rare and unique art forms, while learning about local aboriginal culture and history from leaders, artists and experts.

The cultural series hosted by Stó:lo Tourism will include stories and teachings “meant to create a diverse and sustainable community,” says Francine Douglas, cultural tourism and events coordinator for Sto:lo Tourism.

The series begins this Saturday with ‘Stó:lo Art and Design’ presented by Carrielynn Victor, a Stó:lo-Coast Salish artist from the Chi:yom (Cheam) First Nation community.

“She is a strong cultural leader dedicated to art, traditional foods and medicines and raising her son,” Douglas said. “Everyone in attendance will have an opportunity to draw, colour and create!”

These free monthly events are all at the Stó:lo Resource Centre #10-7201 Vedder Road, with salmon, bannock, traditional tea and Spirit Bear coffee available by donation.

The goal is creating a community project, learning about history, or taking home a traditional craft.

“These events are the cornerstone of Stó:lo Tourism events and activities.”

Stó:lo Art and Design, gets underway Saturday, March 28 at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Call 604-798-8143 for more information, including details about future events, like the one on traditional Sto:lo food (April 25) and on Sto:lo traditional medicines (May 23).

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