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Syilx sounds kickstart Indigenous History Month at Vernon museum

Duane Marchand will perform at the museum Thursday, June 2
syilx artist Duane Marchand will perform on Thursday, June 2, 2022, to mark the start of Indigenous History Month programming at the Museum and Archives of Vernon. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

June is Indigenous History Month, and the Museum and archives of Vernon have a host of exhibits and programs planned for folks to take in.

Recognizing the culture, heritage and tradition of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples across the country, the exhibits will have a focus on Syilx artists, creators and Okanagan Nation knowledge keepers.

“Indigenous History Month is a chance to deepen our understanding of and celebrate Indigenous Peoples and their contributions, both historically, but also how Indigenous culture and knowledge contributes to a more sustainable future,” said Amy Timleck, program coordinator.

“Through collaboration with our amazing partners, June will showcase a variety of artists that exemplify the strength, creativity and diversity of the local Indigenous community.”

The programming kicks off on June 2 with Music in the Museum featuring syilx artist Duane Marchand, a multi-talented musician, storyteller and performer whose free-flowing style and impressive vocal range have been heard throughout the Okanagan for more than a decade.

“My sister gave me a soggy wet guitar that somebody left by her vehicle when I was 34 and I promised her I’d learn to play,” says Marchand. “It’s been 16 years since then and I challenge myself to learn something new every day.”

Marchand will perform traditional and contemporary music with storytelling elements on June 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available via Eventbrite.

Throughout June there will be displays and exhibits by local Syilx Nation members, the culmination of the museum’s Learn + Connect: Reading for Reconciliation online series, Movies in the Museum featuring Indigenous filmmakers and more.

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About the Author: Brendan Shykora

I started at the Morning Star as a carrier at the age of 8. In 2019 graduated from the Master of Journalism program at Carleton University.
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