Category: indigenous art

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.

Anishinaabe artist’s works are searing

This is Fringe, one of the most powerful images created by Rebecca Belmore, an Anishinaabe multimedia artist named as a winner of this year’s Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts (2013 Awards). Belmore’s use of sculpture, performance, photography and video to explore the treatment of Canada’s […]