Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Tahltan-Tlingit artist Linda Bob receives award from BC Achievement Foundation

Linda Bob, a Prince Rupert based First Nations artist who is highly acclaimed for her bead work and ceremonial regalia creations has received one more accolade for her craft, one of six British Columbia artists honoured as part of a  ceremony hosted last week by the British Columbia Achievement Foundation.

Ms. Bob, who is a Tahltan-Tlingit artist and the sister of acclaimed Northwest artist Dempsey Bob, was one of three representatives of the Northwest as award winners at the event, sharing the stage with Northwest artists Ya-Ya Heit from Kispiox and Arlene Ness from Hazelton.

The three artists from the Northwest, along with three from other parts of the province now join 43 other First Nations artists that the Foundation has recognized over the last nine years.

Foundation Chair Keith Mitchell outlined the main focus of the Awards and the shared cultural values that they exhibit across the province.

“Congratulations to the six remarkable artists who work so hard to sustain artistic traditions while representing the continuing vitality of First Nations communities throughout British Columbia,”  ... “These awards highlight the immense cultural traditions of each recipient. They join 43 First Nations artists that the Foundation has had the privilege of recognizing over the past nine years.”

Ms. Bob's work has been internationally acclaimed, with such institutions as the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC and Royal Ontario Museum featuring exhibits of her work in recent years.

The six award winners from this years British Columbia Achievement Foundation
Ceremony last week, Prince Rupert's Linda Bob is at the centre right position 

(photo from the BC Achievement Foundation website)

A video celebrating Ms. Bob's work highlights her history in the art of beading and the importance of ceremonial regalia to the First Nations of the Northwest.

You can view that presentation here.

Her remarks at the ceremony touched her family relationships and on the over thirty five years that she has been involved in Northwest Art, you can review those comments here.

You can learn more about her success from this announcement from the Foundation, more background about the work of the Foundation and past award winners can be found from their website here.

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