Semiahmoo Library Hosts Taan's Moons Art Exhibit

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Thursday, June 15, 2017
Cover of Taan's Moons book

Surrey, B.C. – Surrey Libraries is hosting Taan’s Moons: A Haida Moon Story Art Exhibit at the Semiahmoo library until late September. The exibit has previously been on display at the City Centre Library in celebration of Canadian Children’s Book Week.

“We are really excited to showcase original felted art from the picturebook, Taan’s Moons, a beautiful story that is woven together by the community on Haida Gwaii and is the result of an amazing collaboration of children, Elders, community leaders, local artist and educators,” explains Sara Grant, Manager of Youth Services at Surrey Libraries.

Taan’s Moons, written by Alison Gear and illustrated by Kiki van der Heiden, follows a year in the life of Taan, which means “bear” in the Haida language.  Award-winning author Richard Van Camp describes Taan’s Moons as one of the most beautiful books he has ever witnessed.  The art exhibit will feature 13 large felted moons, with the accompanying story honouring traditional language, as each moon is translated into Skidegate Haida and Old Massett Haida.

“We are thrilled to partner with Surrey Schools, Haida Gwaii Schools, The Learning Partnership, City of Surrey and McKellar & Martin publisher, to extend and deepen the learning of Indigenous culture and cultural collaboration for all children and the community at large, ” says Grant.

Find Taan’s Moons: A Haida Moon Story in the library catalogue.

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