With Meghann O’Brien
$15 - Doors open at 7:30
After a decade following the strict ceremonial weaving protocols of the Haida and Kwakwaka’wakw people, Meghann O᾽Brien is excited to share a point of change in understanding as her practice stretches to transform and occupy twenty-first-century space.
Drawing from her personal immersion in the concept of the “deep local,” Meghann presents her reinterpretation of a living body of knowledge that has been built through time spent on the land and study with traditional teachers.
This lecture is one part recognition and reverance for ancestors and the survival of Indigenous teachings, and one part excitement and enthusiasm for the potential of the future. Join Meghann as she pulls forward strands of the past into tangible pieces that can be reworked and made relevant and whole for today’s global world.
photographer David Koppe
Meghann O’Brien is a Northwest Coast weaver from the community of Alert Bay, BC. Her innovative approach to the traditional artforms of basketry, Yeil Koowu (Raven’s Tail), and Naaxiin (Chilkat) textiles connects to the rhythms and patterns of the natural world, and creates a continuity between herself and her ancestors. O’Brien, who left the field of professional snowboarding to work full time as a weaver in 2010, employs materials such as hand-spun mountain goat wool and cedar bark in her meticulous weavings and baskets. She has apprenticed with master weavers Kerri Dick, Sherri Dick, and William White. Meghann now lives in Vancouver and is currently exploring the intersection of indigenous materials and techniques with the worlds of fashion and technology. She travels globally to lecture and demonstrate, yet emphasizes the value of contributing to the contemporary ceremonial practices of the Haida and Kwakwaka’wakw people.