October 17th, 2017

Indigenous Japanese art to be on display


By Mabell, Dave on August 9, 2017.

Lethbridge Herald

Indigenous art from Japan will be on view Friday at Fort Whoop-Up.

The Ainu Art Project, based in northern Japan, will be here as part of a cross-cultural event, “Indigenous Bridges.”

The Galt Museum and members of the Blackfoot Nation will host the event, scheduled to open at 1 p.m. In the event of rain, it would be presented in the museum.

The Ainu are an indigenous people who live mainly in the Hokkaido area. Three of their artists have put together an event to promote the Ainu’s unique culture and improve understanding of Japan’s various indigenous cultures.

Their presentation will include musical performances to highlight and contrast the cultures of First Nations people in Canada, with their counterparts in Japan.

The consulate-general for Japan in Calgary says the visit to Alberta is a testament to the strong sister-province relationship between Alberta and Hokkaido. For years, the University of Lethbridge has partnered with Sapporo University in Hokkaido.

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