c̓əsnaʔəm Woven Child's Blanket

Debra Sparrow
  • A cream-coloured weaving with long fringes on the sides and bottom, with orange and black chevron stripes.
  • c̓əsnaʔəm Woven Child's Blanket
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This blanket was created by Musqueam weaver Debra Sparrow to celebrate the series of exhibitions titled c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city, held in partnership with the Museum of Anthropology, the Musqueam First Nation and the Museum of Vancouver. The exhibition was a groundbreaking exploration of ancient landscape and living culture in the village of c̓əsnaʔəm, located in what is commonly known as the neighbourhood of Marpole in Vancouver.

A member of the Musqueam Nation, Debra Sparrow started weaving in 1983. At that time, the art of weaving, once a vital component of Musqueam culture, had been lost to the community for over eighty years. Wendy Grant John is credited with beginning the Musqueam Weavers. They then taught themselves how to weave by studying examples of old weavings and questioning elders to learn whatever they remembered of the art. Together with several other people from Musqueam, Debra Sparrow attended the first weaving school, where old examples of Musqueam weavings from museum collections, including MOA’s collections, were studied in order to gain an understanding of the traditional weaving style. Thanks to the efforts of Debra and her fellow weavers, the art of weaving is now thriving at Musqueam once again. A number of Debra’s works are on display throughout MOA.

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A cream-coloured weaving with long fringes on the sides and bottom, with orange and black chevron stripes.
c̓əsnaʔəm Woven Child's Blanket