This print tells the story of Cyler’s discovery of an historically significant woven basket that had been buried in the muddy shores of the Fraser River near the town of Steveston. The artist created his imagery to reflect this dramatic experience, bringing together the action of the river waves below, and the intricate patterning of the basket above, floating to a new life.
Musqueam artist Cyler Sparrow-Point is an up-and-coming Coast Salish youth artist from Musqueam who has his foot in the door for becoming an established artist. His role models are his grandmother Debra Sparrow and late uncle Beau Dick, who have inspired Cyler to carry on their work and voice.
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.