šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square

North of the Vancouver Art Gallery

Talking to the Moon

Jade Hanuse / Anuximana

Nuxalk, Kwakwaka’wakw, and Wuikinuxv

I created this piece because I often find myself having conversations with the moon. 

To be a balanced functioning society, we follow the phases of the moon to know when to hunt for certain animals, to fish and gather plants and berries. The stars falling upon her symbolize the star dust we all come from. The raven detail on her blanket represents the light in each of us. The woman’s labret is shared with the moon to symbolise we are of each other. The moon, the stars, and raven all help us to have stl’mstaliwa – the full human experience.

Anuximana is an artist and carver from the Nuxalk and Kwaguł Nations. After studying at the Freda Diesing school of Northwest Coast Art, she received the YVR Emerging Artist grant with master carver Dempsey Bob and has been apprenticing with him ever since. Currently, Anuximana’s focus is developing skills to share with her community for the future generations.

The Lantern City is grateful to be held on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam Indian Band), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish Nation), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation). We acknowledge our privilege to be gathered on this land, and commit to work with and be respectful to the Indigenous peoples whose arts and stories inspire us to bring communities together.