National Indigenous Peoples Day: Gallery, Library, and Archives Tour

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Celebrate June 21 with a tour of the Walter Phillips Gallery, Library and Archives at Banff Centre.

5:30 p.m. – Tour of the Walter Phillips Gallery

6 p.m. – depart Walter Phillips Gallery for a tour of the Library (Kinnear Centre for Creativity and Innovation, 2nd floor) 

6:30 p.m. – the tour will then lead attendees to Max Bell Building for the Film Screenings and Medicine Walk. 

The library will feature displays highlighting indigenous artists contributions our artist book, alumni, music, and special collections, as well as having selections from our regular circulating collections available to check out. Highlights include the works of Janet Rogers, Lee Maracle, Richard Wagamese, Cole Pauls, Greg Young-ing, and Thomson Highway.

Listening stations will be set up throughout the library featuring the works of indigenous performers such as  A Tribe Called Red, Tanya Tagaq, Willie Thrasher, and John Trudell among others. As well, the final stage production of ‘Bones’ will be screened in the Library.

Explore the history of Bones: An Aboriginal Dance Opera, a performance originally staged at the Banff Centre in August 2001. The production was conceived and created by Sadie Buck and Alejandro Ronceria. By blending elements from 17 indigenous cultures, Buck and Ronceria created an inclusive meditation on themes such as existence, place, life and death.

Throughout the day visitors to the Archives will be able to explore displays which draw from the Banff Centre’s extensive theatrical archives to outline the journey of ‘Bones’ from idea to stage. Set models, designs, photographs, interviews, draft scripts will be available for consultation and, as well, the final stage production of ‘Bones’ will be screened in the Library.

Tour Meeting location: Walter Phillips Gallery, Glyde Hall
All ages welcome.