Preserved, Rainey Nasugraq Hopson (Inupiaq)
Oh I really, really like this.
“Inspiration: First and foremost…the idea of preserving a culture. Of locking it up like a dead thing inside a plastic box….framed prettily..but completely seperate from the real world. In this vein the figure is surrounded by media. Computers, magazines and books, tv, and cd’s. For a while now there has been a movement to preserve our culture using new media. But by doing that they run the risk of making it a dead culture…cause you cannot live it if you are trying to preserve it.
Second…..that what defines my culture and the outer world is media. We are hardly ever portrayed in media as what we are. Instead we see alot what we aren’t…or what people think we should be. It boths seperates and confines/defines our world. boxing our brown souls so we barely have room to think…..
This is a digital print of an original drawing using quality paper and inks. Each print is done individually by me, the artist. Comes in archival poly plastic for protection. Signed in pencil at bottom.”
Just $25. There are a lot of really beautiful prints here!
Martha Berry (Cherokee)
Beaded Bandolier Bag
Hey cool, butterfly in Cree is kamamak. Weird!
Christi Belcourt, Metis, Cree and Mohawk
THIS IS A PAINTING! Amaze..
Metis, Cree and Mohawk…that’s an interesting description. Christi is from the same community as I am, and while it’s true that the founders of our community were Mohawk, and they did intermarry extensively with the Cree in the area (still do, and this is why we speak Cree there now), I’m not sure it makes sense to say “Metis, Cree, Mohawk” when “Metis” is an acknowledgement already that there is more than one blood line involved. Then again, I ran into a ‘cousin’ in Fort St. John a few years ago whose family has stayed culturally Mohawk, while shunning the Cree culture, and my family is the opposite. All Cree, no discernible Mohawk.
So who knows. I guess that description makes it just sounds to me like she’s half Metis, half Cree/Mohawk, but that’s not true. The Metis from Lac Ste. Anne all have Mohawk and Cree heritage, but we’re Metis.
I agree with both of you. Although I do see a lot of Ojibwe/Anishinaabe art around here, although that may just be b/c we have a large Ojibwe population here in Winnipeg. There is a gentleman who sells his art around town, but has also painted buildings in that style that are gorgeous.
Is it in the style of Norval Morrisseau? Cuz I feel like he created what Anishinaabe art style is ‘supposed to’ look like. I mean, there are a lot of amazing native artists, but the west coast styles are so distinctive, and other than the Inuit, I can’t think of another group in Canada that really has that ‘super obviously from this area’ style?
I love indigenous graphic artists who use traditional designs in their art
I feel like Pacific Northwest artists in particular have really embraced finding modern expressions of traditional art in an awesome way. I’m thinking of making a post with images of traditional and contemporary art by indigenous people from various parts of North America. (Even though I shouldn’t because ESSAY)
I was thinking about this today, how the pacific northwest nations have a really strong graphic tradition. Like…I couldn’t think of specific Cree or Metis art that isn’t based on beadwork, say, and that screams “CREE/METIS!!!!” the way west coast art screams to you. And I might be a liiiittle jealous. apsis.
Side-eye. In the ‘fashion’ section of this site, all sorts of crappy faux-native shit on hipsters.
And the use of a an ‘Indian’ as a symbol? Bigger side-eye. Anyone know who these people are?