Newly published book a community effort

  • Nov. 21, 2014 9:00 a.m.

A newly published book created by two islanders and some of Haida Gwaii’s youngest students is being released in Skidegate this weekend, allowing islanders the chance to buy it before anyone else.”I would love for people to attend and be in awe of what the young artists of our islands have created, in awe of what children five, six, and seven years old can create,” said Kiki van der Heiden, who collaborated with the children to illustrate the book. “I hope they’re inspired to nurture the creative spirit in all the children.”The book, Taan’s Moons, was written by Alison Gear and describes twelve moons through the eyes of a bear. Her poem is inspired by traditional Haida knowledge of the moon cycles, specifically a version recorded by Joanne Yovanovich in the book ‘Tluuwaay ‘Waadluxan’.Ms. van der Heiden, Ms. Gear, teachers, and Haida dancers, drummers, and singers worked with students from Agnes L. Mathers Elementary, the Living and Learning School, Sk’aadga Naay Elementary, Port Clements Elementary, Tahaygen Elementary, and Chief Matthews School to design and create thirteen felted wool moons.”Each moon relates to a section of the poem,” said Ms. van der Heiden, “The kids made designs of the moons and really added their own vision to these pieces. They really became their own.”The project was made possible with support from School District 50 Haida Gwaii, Literacy Haida Gwaii, ArtStarts in Schools (BC Art Council, Vancouver Foundation), and McKellar & Martin Publishing Group.The book release and felted moon display will take place at the All About U Gallery in Skidegate on Sun. Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. Children who participated in the project will receive their book for free and books will be available for purchase.

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