ANTH Colloquium: Nancy Bleck & Cease Wyss

The UBC Department of Anthropology is pleased to present the


2015-2016 Anthropology Colloquia  



When:             January 21, 2016 – Thursday

Time:  11:30-1:00 pm

Venue:            Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall, First Nations House of Learning, UBC

1985 West Mall, Vancouver BC



Nancy Bleck & Cease Wyss



“Picturing Transformation”



Nancy Bleck and Cease Wyss will present the work they have been involved in since 1997, in the northern territory of the Squamish Nation, with the ‘Uts’am-Witness’ project (1997-2007). From that environmental and cultural collaboration, the book ‘Picturing Transformation, Newx-ayanstut’ was released by Figure 1 Publishing in 2013. Inspired by this reframing, Nancy’s new work with Tsleil Waututh Nation, is a photo project titled: ‘Kinder Morgen: steʔəxwəɬ ʔə ƛweyələs’, Children of Tomorrow’ showcasing photographs of members from the Tsleil Waututh community, waters, lands, and the Alberta Tar Sands. Through panoramic photographs intercepted with portraits of community members, Bleck, also known by her Squamish Nation adopted name, Slanay Sp’ak’wus, considers the local waters of the Burrard Inlet and the Tsleil Waututh cultural practice of stewardship. This collaborative work asks how a vision of sustainability can be practiced across cultures, across generations, and over time.



Nancy Bleck is a photo-based artist whose work is informed by feminist philosophy, indigenous cultures, and ecology. She holds a BFA, (Emily Carr University), MA in Fine Art (MaHKU, The Netherlands), and is an educator at Emily Carr University. She was adopted by the Squamish Nation with the name ‘Slanay Sp’ak’wus’ in 2001.


T’uy’t-tanat – Cease Wyss – is an Ethnobotanist, Media Artist, Curator, Educator and Activist from the Skwxw’u7mesh, Sto:Lo, Hawaiian & Swiss Nations. Cease shares her knowledge of the rich and diverse cultural stories that originate from the ancestral lands of the local First Nations with a number of community networks.



Co-sponsored by the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program and the Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia.