Category: Aboriginal Art

The Passing of Artist Beau Dick

I was sorry to hear of the passing of celebrated artist Beau Dick this week, a Kwakwaka’wakw master carver and a hereditary chief from the northern tip of Vancouver Island. He was known for his mask carvings and as an advocate for Aboriginal rights. You may have noticed […]

4/150: Shelley Niro of the Turtle Clan

Shelley Niro (1954) received a 2017 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, reflecting her dedication to producing art that contributes to Indigenous identity in Canada. Niro, a painter, photographer, filmmaker and mixed-media artist, is a member of the Turtle Clan of the Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) Nation, from the […]

Activist Indigenous Art

  Editor’s Note: With the election of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, hope for a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women was realized. Read about the inquiry here.  This post from 2014 itemizes some of the artists who have propelled the issue into the public arena. The […]

The ingenious bentwood box

First Nations artisans specialize in making these steam bent cedar boxes, an ingenious woodworking technique that originated centuries ago on the Northwest Coast. A single plank is bent to form a box, with a corner pegged or tied, and then carved or painted and sometimes inlaid with shells.

Moccasin art project honors missing women

These are moccasin vamps.  More than 1,700 have been created around kitchen tables and at beading circles for Walking With our Sisters, a traveling, commemorative art project to draw attention to the hundreds of native women in Canada murdered or missing in the last 20 years.