KC Adams, social-practice artist and photographer, highlights the social-political issues using the interaction of the audience. ‘Perception: A Photo Series’ has sparked conversations about racism by emphasizing the injustice towards the original people of this land. The lack of confrontation allows viewers to react and ponder their own prejudices and gives voice to the participants showing the audience that they are staring into the eyes of human beings that deserve respect. Adams’ art was seen on posters, bus shelters, and billboards around Winnipeg from March to June 2015.
Robert Houle is an internationally-acclaimed Salteaux artist and grew up in the community of Sandy Bay First Nation, on the western shore of Lake Manitoba. His real name, his Salteaux name, is Blue Thunder, not used when he entered residential school at age seven. Pahgedenuan is a Salteaux word expressing the self-defining and self-determining act of “letting it go from your mind” embodied in this 9 x 10.5 hardcover publication, which brings together drawings and installations of his childhood suffering.
This Place: 150 Years Retold is a 296-page graphic novel anthology just released in April 2019 by Highwater Press. A graphic anthology with a forward by Alicia Elliott, that showcases 11 Indigenous writers, eight illustrators, and two colour artists. It presents Canadian history over the last 150 years from multiple viewpoints, including Métis, Inuit, Dene, Cree, Anishinaabe, and Mi’kmaq. The anthology is visually captivating.
New Architecture on Indigenous Lands is an introduction to a contemporary genre of North American architecture. This 416-page volume by professor of architecture at the University of Illinois Joy Monice Malnar along with professor of fine arts at Loyola University Chicago Frank Vodvarka breaks new, academic ground for Indigenous architecture.
We Interrupt This Program: Indigenous Media Tactics in Canadian Culture contains five chapters about the ways First Nations and Inuit use art, film, television, and journalism to express their perspectives and inform Canadian society. Scholars Miranda J. Brady, associate professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University, and John M. H.
Pacific Northwest Coast Native Art in Marquetry is an introduction to the art form of marquetry or painting with wood veneers using Pacific Northwest classic design forms. This step-by-step guide by Paul R. Dean provides instructions for reproducing a Nuuchahnulth blue hummingbird design using cutting exercises. Marquetry is the art and craft of applying pieces of wood veneer to a structure to form decorative patterns, designs or pictures.
Soapstone Porcupine written by Jeff Pinkney is an 88-page early chapter book from Orca Book Publishers. Two brothers from a James Bay Cree community one day encounter a stray dog. They give this dog the name Atim (dog) and their new pet remains with the family. But an unfortunate encounter with a porcupine leaves the dog in distress. One brother wants to hunt the porcupine and kill it but the younger brother does not want to take this action.
Sonny Assu: A Selective History is a 192-page art catalogue about the work of Kwakwaka'wakw artist Sonny Assu. His 120 colour prints are featured and include large-scale installation, sculpture, photography, printmaking, and painting. His works explore themes of Indigenous rights, consumerism, branding, humour, and the ways in which history informs contemporary ideas and identities. Essays and commentary by Richard Van Camp, Marianne Nicolson, Candice Hopkins, and Ellyn Walker add important awareness about this important artist for art scholars and general readers.
#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women is compiled and edited by Mary Beth Leatherdale and Lisa Charleyboy for Annick Press in a similar format of their preceding volume Dreaming in Indian. The work of 58 Indigenous women from the USA and Canada contribute to this collection of art, photography, poetry, memoir, blog segments, essays, opinion pieces, interviews, and news articles have been organized into four sections: The Ties that Bind Us; It Could Have Been Me; I Am Not Your Princess; and Pathfinders.