PEI Mi’kmaq and other Indigenous artists in PEI have been recognized as the successful applicants for the new Indigenous Art Bank and Indigenous Arts Grants programs.
The first five pieces of art purchased for the Indigenous Art Bank are:
Woven Quiver by Nora Richard (reed basketry with beads, bone, feathers and rawhide; Me’eyimult’k by Melissa Peter-Paul (birch bark, porcupine quills, sweetgrass, spruce root and sinew); Fancy Mi’kmaq Basket by Francis Jadis (Black Ash); The Stick Persons Collection by Riley Bernard (graphic novel); and Climbing to the Creator by Levi Cannon (water-based paint).
Six artists were also selected by a three-member jury of Indigenous arts community peers to receive funding through the Indigenous Arts Grants.
Julie Pellissier-Lush (Writing and publishing, $2300). To create a book featuring interviews with elders from Lennox Island First Nation and Abegweit First Nation.
Riley Bernard (Writing and publishing, $1000). To create a graphic novel inspired by traditional Mi’kmaq Legends.
Melissa Peter-Paul (Visual arts, $3000). Harvesting birch bark, porcupine quills, sweet grass and spruce root with respected knowledge keepers and their family of Mi’kmaki.
Rosalie Bourque (Crafts, $700). To create clothing using designs to help through the grieving process of losing their dad and grandfather.
Val Jadis (Crafts, $700). To continue beading and creating awareness for Orange Shirt Day for residential schools; Red Dress for murdered missing indigenous women; and increasing autism awareness by making pins, earrings and other items.
Shanna Sark (Interdisciplinary, $2300). Shanna Sark and her sisters will collect knowledge on their father, Gilbert “Tommy” Sark’s legacy with ash splint basket making. A video will document the process of finding people who have been mentored by Sark to recall his basket making techniques.