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Amber Weasel Head, Jamie John Kehewin, Faye Heavy Shield and Hali Heavy Shield will discuss the importance of art for Indigenous people. As modern artists they carry on these traditions and discuss the adaptation of contemporary life into their arts.
A recording of this event is currently available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZoEMZn7qGA&list=PLwxD1mhfh1qZ_JNq3GNkBu3CA-Y98BB7i&index=18
“We all have stories and journeys within our spirit. As we breathe life into our art pieces, they become stories of their own. And they breathe life into you.” Amber Weasel Head is an Indigenous artist of Blackfoot (Kainai) and Bitter Root Salish. She grew up on the Blood reserve in southern Alberta, Canada. Her art forms range from beadwork, painting, mixed media, film making, performance and digital arts. Her education endeavours include National Professional Artist training through En’owkin Centre in Pentiction, BC; Studio Arts Foundations Victoria , BC; Weaving Our Stories, Institute Of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe New Mexico; Native Cultural Arts Instructor, Artisan, Entrepreneurship Diploma Program, Portage College; Diploma in Social Work, Portage College. The artwork reflects her understanding of her culture and the connection she has with her ancestors. Her style has evolved through her experiences and the journey is expressed through her work.
Amber believes that art heals and tells the stories of our spirit. Her creative energy comes from mother earth, the sunsets and sunrises, the spiritual connections, the energy that flows, life experiences, dreams and so on. Her experiences through life have given her the strength to guide her as she continues to share her stories. Her future goals are to continue her journey, to share her visions and to further her education
Faye HeavyShield is a member of the Blackfoot Confederacy from the Kainaiwa (Blood) Nation in the foothills of Southern Alberta. She is a fluent speaker of the Blackfoot language and studied at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Alberta. The landscape of HeavyShield’s home community near Stand Off, Alberta is evident in her continuous use of natural materials and imagery found in her minimalist works. HeavyShield has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Canada.
Nato’yi’kina’soyi Holy Light that Shines Bright; Hali Heavy Shield is a member of the Blood Tribe of southern Alberta. A writer and artist, Hali explores various forms of language and literacy such as poetry, Blackfoot storytelling, photography, and graphic art. Ms. Heavy Shield is currently a PhD student and an arts-based researcher at the University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education.
Jamie John-Kehewin is from the Kehewin Cree Nation located in the heart of Treaty No.6 Territory, he is Neheyaw (Cree) and Salteaux. Kehewin is an Independent Filmmaker, a Certified Native Cultural Arts Instructor, and multidisciplinary artist who incorporates carving, painting, sculpture, print making, nature crafts, and ceremonial/powwow regalia into his work. His works and performances have been showcased in galleries and various venues throughout western Canada. Since returning to his home Territory in 2005 he has been employed with the Confederacy of Treaty Six First as a filmmaker being involved in over 40 Productions ranging from promotional films to full length documentaries. Experiences and situations encountered during filmmaking have enabled Jamie to interact with his people’s history, their struggles and their stories by the Elders of Treaty No.6 Territory. This has allowed Jamie to become increasingly grounded in the plight of his people, the survival of his native language and cultural practices, as well as the history of his ancestors.