Musqueam Welcome Area

This Welcome Area greets the traveller with a display of artwork by contemporary Musqueam (Coast Salish) artists. Traditional objects of Musqueam culture provide the inspiration for these works. Spindle whorls, 15 cm (6 inches) in diameter, were used in the production of yarn for traditional weaving and welcome figures defined family histories. The artwork is presented in a setting of water and stone, symbolic of this land.

Flight (Spindle Whorl)
Susan A. Point, 1995
4.8 m in diameter ( 16’)

The "Spindle Whorl" was carved in a red cedar and uses traditional images to depict the theme of flight. The eagle, which is considered a symbol of power, is designed around the image of a man whose arms are raised, welcoming visitors and also gesturing flight. On the chests of the men are salmon motifs to represent the Coast Salish people who still live and fish along these shores.

Female and Male Welcome Figures by Susan A. Point, 1996
5.2 m x 1.3 m x 0.2 m (17’ x 52” x 8”)

The two Welcome Figures display a traditional Coast Salish welcome to travellers. Carved in red cedar, the Welcome Figures exhibit the traditional carving style of the Coast Salish people.

The Welcome Figures’ back panels have been carved with sand to make them appear ancient. In contrast are the contemporary looking glass panels, carved with the image of an eagle, mounted in the center.


Out of the Silence, Musqueam Weavings by
Krista Point • Robyn Sparrow •
Debra Sparrow • Gina Grant / Helen Callbreath, 1996
Hand dyed spun sheep’s wool
4.9 m x 1.5 m (16’ x 5’)

These four weavings reflect the beauty, integrity and warmth on which the Musqueam people have built their traditions.


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