Chris Bose Talks Voices Of The Valley Nkemcin
Now into it’s third year, Voices Of The Valley Nkemcin kicks off tomorrow, and Chris Bose took some time to talk about the festival with RPM. Featuring musical acts like Blackout Artists, Niska Napoleon, Sister Says, Skookum Soundsystem, and more, combined with traditional and contemporary Indigenous art, this Saturday in Nkemcin promised to be a good time.
RPM: How long has the festival been around?
CB: This is our 3rd year, it got started as part of the 100 anniversary of the Laurier Memorial, a declaration signed by the Chiefs in the Southern Interior and sent to Wilfred Laurier in 1910. I did some memorial poster updates and read that thing about 20 times, sadly, not much has changed.
RPM: Where did the idea for the festival come from?
CB: It grew out of the original celebration in 2010 and my chief of Cooksferry Indian Band, David Walkem asked me if I knew some musicians and artists and would be able to help get something started and organized annually at the location. I said sure and we’ve been working on it ever since. As it is in the valley, and right where the Nicola river and the Thompson river meet, it’s a special place, it’s got energy, and it’s a beautiful facility and i’m very honoured to be able to help get this festival off the ground. We’ve got plans for next year and already 2 bands booked. I would like to make it 2 days next year, start on Friday and go Saturday. the Cooksferry Band are sponsoring this event and they’ve been awesome to work with, it’s going seamless and they’ve been really accommodating.
RPM: Can you please tell us a little bit about the style of tattooing happening at the festival?
CB: That’s Dion Kaszas, he’s Nlaka’pamux, been studying basketry patterns, and tattoos of our people from wwwwaaaay back in THA day! […]
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