VANCOUVER/COAST SALISH TERRITORY, BC – The Klahowya Village, a premier Aboriginal cultural tourism and family experience in the heart of Vancouver, is proud to announce the unveiling of a Richard Krentz carving.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Klahowya Village in Stanley Park
By the Miniature Train Attraction off Pipeline Road
Klahowya Village is Aboriginal Tourism BC’s family-friendly attraction that features Aboriginal cultural performances, artisans and cuisine throughout the summer season.
The 40’ cedar eagle carving is mounted above a stage at Klahowya Village. The eagle’s feathers are made from cedar shakes, and the curved pieces used by Krentz create the illusion of motion. Krentz chose to carve an eagle as it is a significant figure in Coast Salish mythology.
“When an eagle flies, it sees the big picture containing in itself the means of flight. We do not ever get to experience that freedom and perspective,” said Krentz. “Understanding the eagle’s power and our limitations places us into our environment with a sense of modesty. This makes the eagle an important part of Coast Salish culture and its teachings.”
Richard Krentz is a master carver from the Sechelt Nation who is recognized worldwide as being one of Canada’s most renowned Aboriginal artists. He specializes in silver and gold jewelry featuring Coast Salish designs, and is a recognized leading carver of totem poles and masks.
This year’s highlight at Klahowya Village is the story of the mysterious and legendary Sasquatch, which was the inspiration for a puppet show also created by Krentz.
“The puppet show is the story of Natya, an urban Aboriginal girl who learns a lesson about ecological responsibility from the friendly Sasquatch,” said Krentz. “Although the puppet show is intended for children, the message of sustainability and our responsibility for the world we live in will resonate with adults as well.”
The Sasquatch is also presented as part of the interactive miniature train experience. The 15-minute train ride takes visitors on a journey of discovery, where they will encounter an Aboriginal princess, a mischievous frog and again, the wise eagle.
Those interested in attending the unveiling should RSVP by emailing hollie[at]aboriginalbc.com.