This interview highlights the work of contemporary artist Debra Sparrow, Coast Salish-Musqueam. Sparrow carries the three-fold responsibility of single-handedly raising children, putting in place a holistic educational programme, and producing excellence in design and art. Debra and her sister, Robyn Sparrow, often work on creative commissions together and have produced a line of modestly-priced machine-woven blankets and vests for the retail market, in partnership with Kanata Company. The backdrop against which they work is one marked by a resilience of spirit against repeated cultural losses incurred through the European colonisation of their homeland, since the late 1700s.
Trouton, Lycia Danielle, ‘Know Who You Are and Where You Come From’, Kunapipi, 23(2), 2001.