Indigenous exhibition at Museum of Surrey

Hall produced by Katzie First Nation, Kwantlen First Nation and Semiahmoo First Nation.


Museum of Surrey, 17710 56A Avenue

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Weaving Cultural Identities

The Vancouver Biennale presents the Weaving Cultural Identities national touring exhibition.

Weavers and Graphic Artists from Coast Salish Indigenous communities including Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations and from Vancouver’s immigrant Muslim communities were brought together in collaboration to create a series of 10 small-scale “prayer rugs” inspired by Islamic prayer rugs and ceremonial Indigenous weavings.

Using traditional weaving and textile arts as a storytelling medium, Weaving Cultural Identities explores multicultural identities and intercultural relations in a collaborative exploration of histories and uneasy issues of belonging, displacement, diaspora, land and identity.

Curated by Zarina Laalo, the exhibition was created as part of the 2018–2021 Vancouver Biennale with support from Canada Council and BC Arts Council.


About the Indigenous Hall

The Indigenous Hall is a space of gathering, storytelling and exhibition that is governed by se’mya’me (Semiahmoo) First Nation, q̓ʷɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən̓ (Kwantlen) First Nation and q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie) First Nation. All exhibitions are displayed with their approval. The Indigenous Hall will evolve and change as relationships grow and strengthen. It is a dynamic, living space for everyone to enjoy.

Virtual tours of past exhibits

Body Language
Chief Dan George - Actor and Activist
We Are Kwantlen
I am Semiahmoo / I am Survivor of the Flood