Indigenous Film & Potluck, with Sylvia Olsen, Salish Fusion
This event is open to everyone of all nations, gender, and ages. Please welcome our guest speaker, Sylvia Olsen, who has a long history in First Nations woolworking on Southern Vancouver Island. She is an avid knitter, designer and the creative force behind our products. She has taken Salish, Fair Isle and other traditional knitting methods you have come to love, taught herself the art of felting, and is creating modern fashion. For more information on Salish Fusion, please visit their website.
Film: The Story of the Coast Salish Knitters
For almost a century, the Coast Salish knitters of southern Vancouver Island have produced Cowichan sweaters from handspun wool. These distinctive sweaters are known and loved around the world, but the Aboriginal women who make them remain largely invisible.
Combining rare archival footage with the voices of three generations of woolworkers, The Story of the Coast Salish Knitters tells the tale of unsung heroines--resourceful women who knit to put food on the table and keep their families alive.
Written and directed by Métis filmmaker Christine Welsh, this is a story of courage and cultural transformation--a celebration of the threads that connect the past to the future.