Two Indigenous Families
On each end of the Pacific Ocean

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Coastal
Lunar
Lanterns

Family Ties

In 2019, a group of Indigenous artists embraced the idea of celebrating the Lunar New Year tradition in the form of Coastal Lunar Lanterns, a collaborative project between LunarFest Vancouver and Tourism Vancouver that aims to make Vancouver the top North American destination for Lunar New Year celebrations. Musqueam artist Thomas Cannell had been involved in both 2019 and 2020 editions of the Coastal Lunar Lanterns; his mother, the renowned Susan Point, will lead her family of artists including Thomas, Kelly Cannell (daughter) and Summer Cannell (granddaughter) to be presented in an unprecedented artistic and cultural dialogue with the Pavavaljung family of artists from the Paiwan tribe in Taiwan.  Eight lanterns with designs from two Indigenous families originating from two ends of the Pacific Ocean will be part of the Coastal Lunar Lanterns – “Family Ties” in 2021. For Indigenous families in Canada and Taiwan, family is an extremely integral part of their societies and the same value is also shared in the Lunar New Year tradition.  Only in the Lantern City Vancouver can these lanterns be presented with the stunning backdrop of mountains and waters of British Columbia; it’s the coming together of nature, history, people and tradition.

Co-organized by ACSEA

Enjoy the artworks from two Indigenous families with our exclusively composed music.

Canadian Family

Wildfire

Susan Point / Musqueam

səl̓ilw̓ət (Ancestral Spirits)

 Thomas Cannell / Musqueam

Salish Sea

Kelly Cannell / Musqueam

Black Waters

Summer Cannell / Musqueam

Taiwanese Family

Brothers’ Sounds of
Love and Longing

Pairang Pavavaljung/ Paiwan

Children of
the Land and the Sun

Etan Pavavaljung / Paiwan

The Paiwan Wedding

Sakuliu Pavavaljung / Paiwan

The People from the Slope

Reretan Pavavaljung / Paiwan

Exhibition
Date

šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square
Feb. 11th – 23rd / Free Program

(formerly known as the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza)
750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC

PUBLIC HEALTH NOTICE

As the province is working to reopen the economy in a safe manner and more and more people are getting back to a new normal, please follow all public health guidelines to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Individuals should monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Respect social-distancing measures when outdoors and visiting the installation. Wear a face covering to protect yourself and others, especially when social-distancing is not possible such as on transit. By visiting the on-site Lantern City installation, you acknowledge that there are inherent risks associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic and will not hold ACSEA or our programming partners liable for your health.

Canadian Family

Wildfire

Susan Point / Musqueam

səl̓ilw̓ət
(Ancestral Spirits)

 Thomas Cannell / Musqueam

Salish Sea

Kelly Cannell / Musqueam

Black Waters

Summer Cannell / Musqueam

Taiwanese Family

Brothers’ Sounds of
Love and Longing

Pairang Pavavaljung / Paiwan

Children of
the Land and the Sun

Etan Pavavaljung / Paiwan

The Paiwan Wedding

Sakuliu Pavavaljung / Paiwan

The People from the Slope

Reretan Pavavaljung / Paiwan

Exhibition Date

Free Program
Feb. 11th – 23rd
šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square 

(formerly known as the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza)
750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC

PUBLIC HEALTH NOTICE

As the province is working to reopen the economy in a safe manner and more and more people are getting back to a new normal, please follow all public health guidelines to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Individuals should monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Respect social-distancing measures when outdoors and visiting the installation. Wear a face covering to protect yourself and others, especially when social-distancing is not possible such as on transit. By visiting the on-site Lantern City installation, you acknowledge that there are inherent risks associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic and will not hold ACSEA or our programming partners liable for your health.

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