Celebrating the Faces of ANBT’s 62 Sidelines – Smithers Interior News

Celebrating the faces of ANBT’s 62 sidelines

The 62nd All Native Basketball Tournament came to a close on April 9, after a week-long competition at the Jim Ciccone Civic Center.

For the first time in more than two years, just under 50 vendors provided the peripheral stages with colors and smiles around the matches being played on the courts.

Tables set up in the auditorium displayed works by food vendors, weavers, carvers, beaders and jewelers, as well as support services such as addictions, bereavement support and recruitment.

Brad Starr, a Haisla artist, has been hand carving wood for over 25 years.

“I tell people I’m a traditional contemporary artist,” said the owner of Kitimat’s Black Fish Gallery.

Starr, who has lived in the south of the province for many years, said when he returned to the North Shore he decided to focus on his art.

“I have been coming here for 15 years at the ANBT. As soon as I got home, I decided I was going to come and do this. I like it because you meet all your friends and meet new friends. Then you become lifelong friends,” he said.

Betty K. Park