Art/Music Connections


Information Sheet: Discover Inuit Art (Primary, Intermediate)

Roy Henry Vickers : This BC First Nations artist’s commercial website that offers pictures of his paintings along with commentary about many of them.

Thomas King, “I’m Not the Indian You Had in Mind” : Creative video dramatization of Thomas King’s spoken word poem “I’m Not the Indian You Had in Mind”.  (Middle School, High School)

Northwest Coast Painted Designs : “This educational resource focuses on Northwest Coast two-dimensional painted design. It is inspired by Lyle Wilson’s exhibition “Paint: The Painted Works of Lyle Wilson, …”  Includes detailed lesson plans along with resources (pictures and stories) to use within the lesson.  (Primary)

Luke Marston :  This Coast Salish artist’s commercial website that offers a biography with video,  and slide shows of the developmental stages of some of his projects.

Susan Point : This Coast Salish artist’s commercial website, offering a biography of the artist, and a description of Coast Salish history and culture.  Digital galleries of her work are also presented.

Formline Design

Northwest Coast Formline Design : Definitions and Student Activities – Art Kit Textbook Grade 5-8. Curriculum from Sealaska Heritage Institute, Juneau, Alaska.  this is a teachers guide to art from Indigenous cultures in this general geographic area, including Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian.


Coast Salish Design Elements :  Artist Qwalsius.  A brief overview of two dimensional shapes used in Coast Salish design of Natives of the Pacific Northwest Coast Art tradition. This also explains briefly how this art form is not a formline tradition but a tradition unto it’s own serving the needs of it’s people, its community.  [4:52 min. video]


Northwest Coast Formline Design : the Ovoid : Artiist X’unei Lance Twitchell.  This video is meant to showcase northern styles, particularly of the Haida and Tlingit people.  It shows the creation of an ovoid, and the many design options that can build off of this primary shape. It is meant to highlight basic design steps and methods, but the choices an artist makes in composition help determine individual and cultural styles. [7 min video]


Northwest Coast Formline Design : Salmon-Trout Head : Artist X’unei Lance Twitchell. This video is meant to showcase northern styles, particularly of the Haida and Tlingit people.  It shows the creation of two variations of inner ovoids: the salmon-trout head and spirit face.  [7:34 min. video]


Perpetual Salish  : Coast Salish Art in the Classroom.  An online resource centre for teachers, offering cross-curricular lesson plans to engage students and facilitate their understanding of Coast Salish culture and art. From University of Victoria, Legacy Art Galleries.

The most basic elements used in the Northwest Coast formline art. (Haida Jewellery) [1 min. video]



Basic Northwest Coast formline design : The Eye (Haida Jewellery) [1 min. video]




Information Sheet: First Nations Music in Canada (Primary, Intermediate)

#Rebel Music Soundtrack – The Revolutionary Sounds of Native America :  MTV World’s music documentary series Rebel Music kicks off its second season with the voices of Turtle Island’s original peoples—the revolutionary sounds of “Native America”. The Indigenous music renaissance is here. The revolution is just getting started.  This soundtrack features Indigenous music groups featured in this documentary.  (Middle School, High School)

Dam: The Story of Kit the Beaver :  An animated film brought to life by a musical score by Canadian film composer Erica Procunier. “During her adventures, Kit teaches her clan about the value of working with others and learns that progress can come in many forms. Through generosity and empathy, we can build relationships that strengthen and grow in ways that we could never imagine.”  (Primary, Intermediate)