Hummingbird Spirits: an installation in memorium

Hummingbird flag installation

Hummingbird flag installed in the courtyard at UBC Okanagan

Students and faculty from UBCO came together for a series of workshops to carve a hummingbird relief print in honour of the children (little spirits) who never came home and to remember the unmarked graves at residential schools across Canada. Offered by Indigenous Faculty Tania Willard (Secwepemc and settler), Assistant Professor in Visual Arts, the project featuring hundreds of flags installed in the courtyard at UBCO the installation, with dozens of uniquely carved hummingbird images, will grow each year as we gather and take action to as we continue to demand justice for Indigenous communities and realise the impact on all of us.

Special thanks to all of the contributing artists:

  • Alex Basaraba
  • Autumn  Beehley
  • Renay Egami
  • Tessa Gough
  • Liz Hilliard
  • Mei Henderson
  • Asahna (Casey) Hughes
  • Tess Lea
  • Astrida Neimanis
  • Dante Nieuwold
  • Shauna Oddieifson
  • Julia Pearson
  • Katherine Pickering
  • Nasim Pirhadi
  • Alisha Salim
  • Madison Tardif
  • Carrie Terbrasket
  • Odelle Walthers
  • Tania Willard
  • Holly Anne Yacynuk

The flags were installed at UBC Okanagan in the courtyard from September 29 to Oct. 3, 2022. See photos of the process of creating, printing and installing the flags.

Lino block creation

Katherine Pickering and Liz Hillard creating their humming bird images on the lino blocks

Lino block creation

Carrie Terbrasket, Tess Lea and Astrida Neimanis creating their hummingbird designs on the lino blocks

completed lino blocks

Some of the completed lino blocks

Lino printing

Students Dante Nieuwold and Nasim Pirhadi printing the lino blocks onto the orange fabric

completed flags

Some of the completed printed flags

installing the flags

Installing the flags in the courtyard

Tania with the flags

Tania Willard with the installed flags