Spelemulh Crosswalk

Artwork Info

Location: Intersection of Trail Ave. & Cowrie St.

Title, Date: spelemulh, 2021

Artist: ximiq Dionne Paul

Medium: thermoplastic

Background and Description

Artist Dionne Paul was inspired by pictographs in her territory of the shíshálh swiya. Pictographs are painting on rock, and a language of symbols. This set of pictographs is the creation story called spelemulh - the origin story of the shíshálh people. These pictographs, in storytelling constellation formation, are all facing the sky as a beacon to the ancestors. 

Artist Bio

“I want my people to feel pride when they walk here; I want them to see the artwork and think to themselves ‘this is my land, I belong here’.” - ximiq Dionne Paul

Dionne Paul (Ximiq) is a shíshálh (Sechelt Nation) and nuxalkmc (Bella Coola) artist. She is a member of the Eagle Clan and her ancestral name is Ximiq, which means the first eyelash of sunlight that comes over the mountain to greet everyone in the morning. Dionne Paul has more than 25 years experience as a Coast Salish weaver. She has extensive experience harvesting, processing, spinning and dying traditional materials. 

She completed an MA at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design; her thesis research focused on traditional special effects in potlatch performances.

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