NEWS RELEASE · 6th May 2013
Acclaimed Canadian artist Roy Henry Vickers has teamed up with Robert “Lucky” Budd—a historian with a focus on preserving and restoring oral histories—to produce a stunning new book, Raven Brings the Light (Harbour Publishing, $19.95). Misty River Books, the Terrace Public Library and Northwest Community College present a storytelling event at Waap Galts’ap, the longhouse at NWCC (5331 McConnell Avenue, Terrace) on Tuesday, May 21. Doors will open at 5:00pm, and Roy Henry Vickers will be on-hand to sign copies. The storytelling is from 7pm to 7:30pm, with the book signing continuing until 9:00pm. Original prints by Roy Henry Vickers will be on display, and refreshments and light snacks will be provided.
Raven Brings the Light is a vivid portrayal of a classic First Nations legend, featuring 20 stunning illustrations by Vickers. The tale has been traced back over 3,000 years, but this version originates from Chester Bolton, Chief of the Ravens, from the village of Kitkatla. The engaging story, combined with Vickers’ gorgeous artwork, is sure to capture the imagination of both children and lovers of Northwest Coast art.
“This story belongs to the people of the Northwest Coast, where is has been passed from generation to generation for thousands of years,” said Vickers. “It is a great joy for me to share this in a new way. I hope through this story, thousands more will discover and understand this important piece of our culture.”
Although Roy Henry Vickers is best known around the world for his iconic prints, he is also an accomplished carver, storyteller, author and a recognized leader in the First Nations community. He has received many awards for his art and community involvement, including a hereditary chieftainship, several hereditary names from Northwest Coast First Nations, the Order of British Columbia and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal. Vickers currently resides in Hazelton, but has also lived in Kitkatla, Victoria, and Tofino, which is home to Vickers’ Eagle Aerie Gallery—a cedar plank longhouse that welcomes over half a million visitors a year.
Co-author Robert “Lucky” Budd has built a career on sharing stories. His first book, Voices of British Columbia (Douglas & McIntyre, $35) is a vivid portrait of British Columbia, full of first-hand accounts of its people and places. He has also worked extensively with the CBC and the Royal British Columbia Museum to preserve and restore one of the largest oral history collections in the world. Budd is the host of the CBC Radio One series Voices of BC.
“In essence, my work as a documenter and author is to sustain important stories from individuals and cultures,” said Budd. “When Roy first told me the story of Raven Brings the Light, I knew it was something special that needed to be shared. I feel deeply honoured to help further this tale and help bring it to new life through Roy’s striking art.”