Body Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest

An Exhibition from the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

December 1–May 16, 2021 at Musée Héritage Museum (St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street, St. Albert)

Since ancient times, both men and women of the Northwest Coast have marked their clan crests and symbols of personal identity onto their skin. After 1885, when the practices of tattooing and potlatches were banned, the display of personal crest designs was transferred to clothing and jewellery.

The exhibition features five contemporary tattoo artists who are reclaiming traditional techniques and traditional rights to be tattooed. Guest curator Dion Kaszas (Nlaka’pamux), Nakkita Trimble (Nisga’a), Nahaan (Tlingit), Corey Bulpitt (Haida) and Dean Hunt (Heiltsuk) create art that transcends mere decoration to provide healing, protection and a profound sense of belonging.

St. Albert History Gallery

Opened April 1, 2017 at the Musée Héritage Museum (St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street, St. Albert)

Museum Hours: Tuesday–Saturday: 10 am–5 pm; Sunday: 1–5 pm

The St. Albert History Gallery is a space for diverse stories that touch on our long and complex past and our current place in the world. Each year, we change aspects of the gallery to bring in new narratives and new objects from our collections, and to highlight stories from the community.

It is a space where we can answer questions about important issues like residential schools and immigration, as well as the history of the Mission and City of St. Albert. In our rapidly changing world, it is important to remember that our past can teach us lessons which help us to enjoy and appreciate our community, understand current events and face future challenges. 




Legacy of Hope June 29–July 19
Rock’n August July 19–August 31
Our Songs, Our Roots: Music in St. Albert September–December
The Hill Postponed

Learn more about past exhibitions at the Musée Heritage Museum.

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St. Albert History Gallery

Visit the museum to explore the new permanent history gallery! Explore a variety of stories from the earliest people to modern-day events. The new gallery is split into sections, with regular rotations of community stories.

Online Exhibitions

Missed it the first time or want a reminder? Check out some of our past exhibitions that are now online!