Kathy Edgar with some of her woven baskets.

Bringing back tradition

T'Sou-ke Art Group holds annual Christmas sale on Dec. 1

Linda Bristol wanted to see members of the T’Sou-ke First Nation revive the ancient arts and cultural aspects of their heritage. With this aim in mind, back in 2008, she applied for a grant which would allow some workshops to take place at the reserve as well as a mentorship in arts management. She achieved her goal and the revival of Coast Salish arts began.

The first year they started weaving with cedar bark and grasses with a Nitnat elder.

“I was fortunate to have relations of mine who know these things,” said Bristol.

She mentioned Kathy Edgar who makes beautiful traditionally woven baskets and is currently busy getting ready for the T’Sou-Ke Arts Group Christmas Art Show on Dec. 1.

“She is going like crazy making baskets and bells… things she was taught to make since she was little,” said Bristol.

Other cousins came forward in the earlier years to teach wool weaving, knitting and spinning. Bristol gets a little emotional as she talks about the people who came forward to teach others.

“Donna Thomas was our knitting mentor the first year,” said Bristol. “She left an awesome legacy.”

Bristol said Thomas would do her own designs and like most of the mentors, she was patient and willing to share.

Knitting and carving have become rooted in the TAG. Sooke’s Master carver, Victor Newman, has been a mentor  as has his son Carey.

TAG meets every Thursday at the T’Sou-ke band office on the reserve and everyone is welcome to participate.

“We still continue. Whatever type of art or craft, come sit with us and share,” added Bristol. “Bring a little refreshment to share with the group.”

It is hoped that a group will come together to add a concession to the annual event. In year’s past they always had salmon and fry bread on the menu.

“I’m looking forward to it, it’s a fun time for everybody.”

The T’Sou-ke Art Group Christmas Art Sale takes place on Dec. 1 at the band hall on Lazzar Road. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sooke’s DeMamiel Creek project cost reduced by $200,000

Municipal staff lauded for coming up with savings, without compromising project

Light the City takes root in Greater Victoria as pandemic cancels holiday favourite parade, convoy

Five weeks of drive-thru events fill void of IEOA annual Truck Light Convoy, Santa Claus Parade

Oak Bay High head shave lives on despite COVID-19

Students hustle money for Tour de Rock under constraints of pandemic

B.C. counts 125 new COVID-19 cases, up to 1,284 active

No new deaths or health care facility outbreaks

‘It’s a nightmare’: Northern B.C. family desperate after living in hotel for a year

Renae Podgorney says because of a lack of rentals, she’s now applying to rent a one-bedroom unit

Costs climb to more than $100K for BC SPCA to care for animals in B.C. farm seizure

Eight puppies, of the 97 animals seized have now died from parvovirus enteritis

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

B.C. VOTES 2020: Wilkinson to stop 24-hour camping in city parks

Ban on ‘unsafe roadside panhandling’ to be enforced

Lessons from a pandemic: How to design a nursing home that’s safe and love-filled

A look at how one care home is battling the pandemic with the social needs of the elderly in their care

‘Bonnie’ and ‘Henry’ among latest litter of service dog puppies

B.C. Alberta Guide Dogs names two pups after provincial health officer

B.C. salmon farm opponents demand answers from DFO

First Nations, conservation groups dismayed by omission of sea lice in risk assessments

Health Canada green-lights rapid COVID-19 test

Health Canada approved the BCube test from Hyris Ltd. in the United Kingdom Sept. 23

Most Read