Vancouver Book Award honors Northwest Coast art

Where the Power Is: Indigenous Perspectives on Northwest Coast Art by Karen Duffek, Bill McLennan and Jordan Wilson won this year’s Vancouver Book Award.

The book, published by Vancouver-based Figure 1, brings together some 80 contemporary Indigenous knowledge holders with historic Northwest Coast art. Elders, artists, scholars and other community members share their thoughts on stone tools, woven baskets, carved masks and more at the UBC Museum of Anthropology.

The prize, established in 1989, has a cash prize of $3,000 and recognizes books of all genres.

Finalists included another art book, Occupy Chinatown, by Paul Wong, Debbie Cheung and Christopher Lee. It focuses on several works by Wong that explore Chinese-Canadian identity and Chinese communities in Vancouver.

The other finalists were Erase and rewind, by Meghan Bell; by Henry Doyle Homeless; and Grace Eiko Thomson Chiru Sakura – Falling Cherry Blossoms.

Previous winners include Catherine B. Clement for Chinatown Through a Wide Lens: The Hidden Photographs of Yucho Chow; Robert Watt and Susan Point for People Among the People: The Public Art of Susan Point; and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Karen Duffek and Tania Willard for Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Unceded Territories.

Source: City of Vancouver

Mildred D. Field