February 22, 2014

Joe Becker 1943-2014

Lattimer Gallery regrets to acknowledge the death of Aboriginal fishing advocate, respected artist, cultural leader, family man, former Musqueam Chief, and friend of the gallery, Joseph Becker Tsetscultun. Joe grew-up in Steveston, a fishing community outside of Vancouver. His early life on the Fraser River led to a career as a fisherman, but he began experimenting with carving in the early 1960s. Joe moved home to Musqueam as an adult and began focusing on producing art in the traditional Coast Salish style. He quickly gained recognition for his art, and some of the highlights of his career included working on the Coast Salish Longhouse at the Canadian Museum of Civilization and creating over 400 talking sticks for VANOC during the Vancouver Winter Olympics. Joe will be missed and remembered.

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