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By: MAG Staff
Curtis Miller Joe (pictured left) was born December 28, 1960, in Shishalh (Sechelt), British Columbia, and is a member of the Coast Salish Nation. He began carving in 1988 with his cousin, Sid Lamarche, a highly regarded artist from the Bella Coola Nation. Curtis also cites Kevin Cranmer (Kwagiulth Nation) as a teacher. Curtis, too, carves in the traditional Kwagiulth style. His work displays a fierce pride informed by the deeply spiritual value system that Curtis brings to all his mediums: carving, painting, drum and dance.
Curtis has been receiving public commissions for several years now, most recently at the Deltaview Secondary School in Delta, where, as is typical of him, he was able to convince a number of the youths at the school to assist him in completing a large welcome panel. Curtis was also the resident carver at Hill’s Native Art from 2002 to 2007, where he met and inspired a great number of both international and local visitors.
A world class Powwow dancer, Curtis spends the summers competing throughout North America and the winters working with youth at risk and as a family counselor. The richness of his cultural heritage informs both these devotions, and is further enhanced by his artwork. Curtis has also studied old box designs and has begun carving jewellery in gold and silver.
Curtis has created the majority of the accessories for Powwow! Ohcîwin The Origins. Have a peek at some of his work below.
Ohcîwin is a Cree word meaning “The Origin” or telling of a story where something originated.
Powwow! Ohcîwin The Origins features 7 powwow dance styles, with full Regalia and craft work. Curators and creators, Patrick Mitsuing and Marrisa Mitsuing, have gathered the stories, worked with the Artisans, and carefully built the Regalia for this exhibition.
This exhibition is on display at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG) until February 27, 2021. Book your visit today!