Exhibition showcases remarkable life of George Clutesi, who safeguarded Nuu chah nulth culture

By Amy Romer  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter During the Potlatch Ban, c?i?aa?at? (Tseshaht) artist George Clutesi would give his paintings to relatives as a way to ensure they stayed in community. Many of his paintings remained with family on “Vancouver Island,” but for the first time, a collection is premiering on the mainland in downtown “Vancouver.” As you enter the Bill Reid Gallery, a jumble of frames of every size and colour contour the walls, each guarding a sacred story told in bold Nuu-chah-nulth style. Combined, a bigger story is revealed, that of protection, will, and generosity. “?a?a??ap / ?aap?ii / ?c?ik / ?aa?aksuq? / ?ii?mis?ap” is a retrospective exhibition of 45 works of the prolific artist, writer and trailblazer. Walking through the exhibition, paintings, drawings, books, and new works…

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