Industry Series 2019

hən̓əm̓stəmxw tə syəθ – Using Tradition
Activating Indigenous World Views
Cultural Appropriation – What’s That?

in partnership with Simon Fraser University Woodward’s Cultural Programs and Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires Initiative



Be part of the 18th Annual Talking Stick Festival – western Canada’s premiere Indigenous performing arts festival – by attending the hən̓əm̓stəmxw tə syəθ Industry Series!

This Industry Series is a four-day forum held from February 22nd to February 25th, 2019. It invites art presenters, artists, scholars, funders, and audience members together to build upon the previous Industry Series events, further imagining and demonstrating the strength, significance, and importance of Indigenous performing arts.

This year’s theme, Cultural Appropriation – What’s That? elaborates the recent – and historically reoccurring – protest from Indigenous artists as they, once again, respond to careless use of Indigenous images/stories by the mainstream art world.  The Forum explores the many tributaries that both flow into and also out of this contested issue in order to reframe the discussion toward Indigenous artistic self-determination.  To avoid the pitfall of cultural appropriation, participants will develop protocols that respectfully guide artistic creation and collaboration.

One pass for the hən̓əm̓stəmxw tə syəθ Talking Stick Industry Series is $200. This includes four days of all-access to conversations, performances, and hospitality. Individual sessions have a $20-$50 fee to cover the workshop and catering costs if applicable.

Purchase your pass on Eventbrite:
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If you require hotel accommodation, we have a group booking with Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown (1110 Howe Street). To secure a room with our group rate, please book your stay no later than January 30th 2019. The booking code is TSF.

Bursaries are available for those with financial restrictions. For more information about this, or about the event itself, please contact Phay Moores at


Download our Schedule: Industry Series Schedule

Download our Booklet: Industry Series Booklet