Not Extinct: Keeping the Sinixt Way

September 3 - November 16, 2019
West Gallery

Not Extinct: Keeping the Sinxt Way

Marilyn James, Taress Alexis, and the Blood of Life Collective

Not Extinct presents an immersive audio experience of Sinixt stories. The exhibition invites you to step inside the pages of the book by the same name. Enlarged illustrations and original artworks provide a backdrop for recorded readings while quotes from the book give a contextual background.

The heritage courthouse that houses Gallery 2 is fundamentally a symbol of colonial power whose legacy continues to underpin everything that we do. Within the larger national conversation about Truth and Reconciliation with Indigenous people, it is often difficult to know where to begin. Not Extinct provides a step – through hearing the stories we can begin to acknowledge that there were other people here first. Indigenous stories are an oral tradition; this exhibition is first and foremost an audio experience. As with all stories, there are lessons to be learned – in order for that to happen, the stories must be told – and heard.