Heart of the Nations Indigenous Artist's Community
Heart of the Nations is teaming up with Indigenous artists from across Canada to share their art and artworks with non-Indigenous cultures. Indigenous art and artworks involve aspects of the life of the artist that are sacred to the background it derives from. Artists belonging to this community are dedicated to reconciliation and would love the opportunity to share their arts narratives with you in an attempt to break down barriers and begin the work needed to deepen understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous. If you are one of these artists, I look forward to hearing from you! If you are on on your own journey of wanting to learn more and connect, send in a members request to join the community and start the dialogue to a deeper understanding.
Indigenous Art & Artworks Across Kanata
Contemporary Indigenous Art:
Using the history and heritage of their ancestors, Indigenous artists can creatively express social and political narratives on issues that have and are affecting Canada environmentally and Indigenous peoples emotionally, and spiritually.
All Indigenous communities across Canada are filled with art and artists. Take some time to absorb the rich history of Indigenous art throughout Canada on your travels and celebrate the multilayered cultural tapestry of the more than 600 diverse communities of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples.
Traditional Indigenous Art:
Heart of the Nations firmly believes that Indigenous art and artworks that has been found should be reunited with the original community from which it came. If the community wishes to share, they may choose to do so. Selling such items seems wrong. With this being said, there are many collections on display that we can admire and learn from.
Take some time to browse through one such collection
at the Donald Ellis Gallery
while browsing, ask yourself what you feel about a member of the oppressive Nation making significant profit off of items that belong to the oppressed Nation.
Adam Ferguson, National Geographic photographer, was welcomed into a Cree community to capture how Indigenous artists express and sustain their culture. The experience changed him.
“Spending time on Lake Opemisca with Anna and David Bosum, a Cree family in Ouje-Bougoumou Québec, made me slow down. It’s easy in the modern world to be consumed by technology, social media, and work. On the lake, the Bosum family projected a quiet wisdom that calmed me. They were kind, intuitive people who have a deep relationship to their immediate environment, to the lake, to the trees around it.
“Their lifestyle is absolutely ingrained, with a worldview tied directly to the seasons and nature. Anna and David were going fishing, but not to catch and sell the fish. Instead, they share everything with community, passing it on to the elders who are no longer physically able to hunt or fish for themselves.
“Seeing how they live in this space allowed me to reflect on my own values and feel my true place in the great life cycle at work in this universe. It was humbling. “
There are many more ways to learn about Canada from those who were here first. Find descriptions of wide-ranging Indigenous tourism experiences across the nation at www.indigenouscanada.travel.
Words of Encouragement
Before I created this page I was only able to admire Indigenous art when I was around some. Now that I have a better understanding of the meaning behind each creation, I find myself able to connect on a new level with a deeper understanding. I find Indigenous cultural views to be all encompassing and harmonious. The emotional connection to each piece that these artists share is inspirational and encourages my own self-reflection and growth.