The exhibition celebrates the cultural heritage of the Henderson family

This fall, Kwakwaka’wakw artists Bill Henderson, Greg Henderson and Junior Henderson of Wei Wai Kum First Nation in Campbell River will honor the legacy of carver Sam Henderson in an exhibit called Looking After a Legacy: Through the Grains of Cedar.

This exhibition at Spirits of the West Coast Art Gallery from September 3 to December 31 is rooted in the artists’ deep desire to carry on the legacy of their father and grandfather, master sculptor Sam Henderson. Sam has lived his life dedicated to the preservation of Kwakwaka’wakw knowledge and culture and has used the practice of carving to preserve these ancient traditions. It is a legacy he left behind for the next generation of carvers.

The Henderson family is a highly respected family in the Wei Wai Kum First Nation to this day. Bill Henderson, son of Sam Henderson, is a master carver in the art of “making wood talk”. Junior Henderson and Greg Henderson are both grandsons of Sam Henderson and represent the third generation of exceptional potlatch carvers. Their sculptures and totem poles are celebrated around the world and can be seen in Asia, Europe, North America and especially in many communities along our beautiful Northwest Coast.

Their masterpieces are highly sought after and are represented in many national and international exhibitions and galleries.

When you visit this exhibit, you will see over 20 masterpieces, including a wide variety of dramatic masks, stunning frontals, amazing totem poles, paddles, and a magnificent talking staff. This exhibition and sale provides new insights into the Hendersons’ lifelong commitment to the continuity and diversity of their cultural heritage.

In the spirit of Looking After A Legacy: Through the Grains of Cedar, Bill followed his father’s path by sharing the tradition of carving with the next generation, including his nephews Greg and Junior Henderson. Greg and Junior – esteemed sculptors in their own right – join Bill in this exhibition and sale as a showcase of how traditions are passed down and carried on.

Join them September 3 at 11 a.m. for the opening celebrations. You will see the Henderson family play and attend the opening of this important exhibit. The artists will be on site until 3 p.m.

Looking After A Legacy: Through the Grains of Cedar, will also be presented in an innovative virtual format, including the opening celebration streamed live on Facebook and Instagram at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 3.

The exhibition and sale is open to the public at 2926 Back Road, Courtenay.

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