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Cedar Is Life Screening

March 30 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Free – $15.00

Join us on March 30th at the Agricultural Hall for a screening of documentary film A Cedar Is Life, including a Question and Answer period with filmmaker Leslie Bland and a presentation from Coast Salish Carver, Chazz Elliott from T’sartlip First Nation.

Cedar Is Life

“In the latest offering from Orca Cove Media, A Cedar is Life is an illuminating and reverent documentary looking at the cedar tree and its place and importance on the Northwest Coast and in the world. We hear from weavers, carvers, and food & cultural practitioners, all who speak to the significance of the cedar historically and into the present day. The cedar tree is embodied spiritually and is central to First Nations cultural practice. We see what has happened to the cedar postcontact mirrors the colonial experience of Indigenous Nations on the coast. The film celebrates the multifaceted power and cultural use of this life force, but also takes a critical lens to how it has been treated as an extractable object. A Cedar is Life is a call to action for all of us to work to maintain our relationship with this rich medicine and resource for future generations.” Victoria Film Festival

Chazz Elliott

Surrounded by family and culture, Temoseng began learning the ways of Coast Salish art and W̱SÁNEĆ teachings at a very early age. Temoseng attributes his desire to practice Coast Salish art to his father TEMOSEṈŦET (Charles Elliott Sr.). His mother Myrna Crossley-Elliott, a Salish blanket weaver, also bestowed a passion for learning about plant medicines.

Temoseng intertwines the knowledge of both his mother and father into his work. His art practice focuses on capturing the history, stories, legends, myths, and knowledge of his peoples.

He explains, “In the past I have worked with cedar and also hard woods like maple and yew wood for carving. I have painted drums, canvas and murals on walls. I have worked with fibres such as plant roots, bark and wool which I look to further explore as harvest season approaches”.

Generous funding for this event is provided by the BC Arts Council Arts Impact grant and the 150 Time Immemorial Fund of Heritage BC. All proceeds will go toward the Ethnobotany Garden maintenance fund.


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March 30
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $15.00
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Mayne Island Conservancy
(250) 539-2535


Mayne Island Agricultural Hall
430 Fernhill Rd
Mayne Island, BC V0N 2J0 Canada
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