Cave and Basin murals explore Indigenous connections to place

By Jessica Lee  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter ROCKY MOUNTAIN OUTLOOK Tania Willard’s story of this place starts with a basket. While exploring the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies’ collections in May, the Secwepemc artist found inspiration in a cedar root basket much like the ones she studies from her own First Nation and others in B.C. “This was a really beautiful, dramatic design and I think deeply about some of these ideas embedded in that medium,” said Willard. “I drew every single stitch from that basket from the original, from a photograph, and made that into a stencil.” The artist spray-painted the stencil, on an eight-by-eight foot finished aluminum box on the grounds of the Cave and Basin National Historic Site. The mural and two others, by Ktunaxa artist…

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