This New Telus Spark Exhibit Brings Indigenous Superheroes to Life

Sacred Defenders of the Universe tells the story of four Indigenous superheroes as they work to bring balance back to the land with comic book styling.

Photograph courtesy of Telus Spark Science Centre.

In Telus Spark’s latest Digital Immersion Gallery exhibit, step inside Sacred Defenders of the Universe: The Four Sacred Elements, a comic book universe in which visitors learn Indigenous stories through a new lens.

A graphic novel universe created by Justin Jack Bear and Earl Benallie, Sacred Defenders of the Universe reimagines the four elements — earth, wind, air and fire — as Indigenous superheroes. Follow Aqueous, Embers, Terra and Aireus as they work to bring balance back to Turtle Island after The Great Conflict of the Thunderbird and Horned Serpent (a popular story in many Indigenous communities). During the presentation, visitors can interact with the digital elements of The Sacred Defenders of the Universe while they learn about the Indigenous stories they’re based on.

Each character also comes with a science connection, teaching how each of these elements connects with one another to create a healthy and balanced world.

Sacred Defenders of the Universe begins on March 23 and runs until Fall 2023. Entrance to the Digital Immersion Gallery is included with admission to Telus Spark.

220 St. George’s Dr. N.E., 403-817-6800,

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