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Since time immemorial the syilx (Okanagan people) have been living creatively as artists and expressing themselves through art with today being no exception.
To the syilx mind the arts isn't about the art- it's about the life behind the art! Artworks weren't created purely for or from the imagination- each piece is a gift given to the syilx people to share their vision with the rest of the nation.

To the syilx, art wasn't about who had the biggest drawing, who painted the most or how many paintings one artist created! It was what the piece meant to the individual and its relativity to the nation and/ or the viewer. Clothing wasn't about the "look", or who had the most "bling" (furs, quills or accessories) it was about the weather and the "life" of the Okanagan people. Okanagan songs and dances weren't only for those who had the best voice, the biggest drums and best moves it was about who we are as a people and what it means to be Okanagan. Also, the Okanagan people didn't dance against each other in competition they danced "with" one another in prayer and celebration. To the syilx, there wasn't any one way to make an outfit, a drum & stick or a certain movement-it was about expressing what you felt, seen, heard and believed. Storytellers used gestures, movements, locations, items, songs and facial expressions to tell animated stories for their listener. Creating live theater, comedic and dramatic stories that the viewer needed to know and remember. These performances weren't about recognition, fame and material benefits or gain-once again it was about survival! The survival of Okanagan history and origins! It was the how's and whys, the where's and when's and the who's and what's! It was the past, present and futures of Okanagan peoples, places and things. Okanagan art was more about the artist and what it means to be Okanagan than it was about the art! It was that way then and is still that way today!

excerpted from: www.okanaganfirstpeoples.ca

Phyllis Isaac, BFA

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Phyllis Isaac is a member of the Penticton Indian Band, faculty for the En'owkin Centre with her Bachelor for Fine Arts from University of Victoria

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Robyn Kruger, B.Ed

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Robyn Kruger is an Okanagan First Nation Digital-Media Art-Performer, Stop Animation Art Director
and a Secondary Art Teacher.

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Mariel Belanger

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Mariel was raised as a member on the Okanagan Indian Reserve. She was raised on the Okanagan Indian Reserve #1.

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Levi George

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Levi practices a diversity of visual art forms, and creates anything from paintings and sculptures to graphic design and contemporary street wear. 

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Cecilia Louis Ralston

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My  sense  of  community  and  ancestral  history  was  instilled  in  my  spirit  during  childhood  by  my  qa qnaʔ  (Paternal  Grandmother). 

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Sheldon Louis

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I am Sheldon Pierre Louis, my ancestral roots stretch over our territory from the Nicola Valley to the Arrow lakes to Colville to Kettle Falls

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Honorary Artists

Each exhibition will feature the works of local emergent professional artists to participate in the exhibitions including:

April Alexis, Ruby Alexis, Joyce Jack, Warren Hooley, Kaykaitkw Hall...

Call For Submissions

While the Open Call for Submissions deadline has passed, we are still seeking submissions from our United States relatives of the Colville Confederated tribes. For more information please contact Victoria Baptiste at ulluscollective @ gmail.com for submission inquiries. Limlemt! Thank you!

Booking the Exhibtion

If you would like to book the "k'wansxismentem i? sck'lq'aq't'tet - Showing Our Artwork Syilx Art & Artist exhibition" to come to your area/ gallery please contact: Victoria Baptiste at ulluscollective @ gmail.com or call 250-493-7181 ext 2226