The Healing Path
Created for the Selkirk Friendship Centre and the neighbouring Manitoba Métis Federation's Selkirk office, this mural is meant to honor First Nations and Métis culture in the spirit of healing and Reconciliation; a significant national process in Canada between Indigenous and Neocolonial peoples. Working with Jeannie Redeagle as the Indigenous Knowledge Keeper for this project, along with mentoring several First Nations and Metis artists, we came to develop the design and themes for the mural created for my home town in an open round table approach to concept development.
We drew from the aesthetics of traditional beadwork as the inspiration for this work. In the ,mural-
- the Metis infinity sign that represents 2 societies coming together to become 1, becomes a bead work path designed to bring different peoples together towards healing.
- the four traditional Aboriginal medicines radiate outward from the centre; cedar, tobacco, sweetgrass and sage; a smoky effect represents ‘smudging’ healing ceremonies radiates out from the centre
- inside of the beaded path are two flower gardens composed of traditional bead work motifs- Metis bead work on the left and Ojibway/ other Aboriginal bead work on the right
As you journey along the Möbius strip eternally turning back in on itself that is the healing path, you will encounter many spirit guides. ‘Guided by the knowledge keeper, I learned more about these vanguards of the teachings and their roles on the journey.’
Selkirk Metis local/ Selkirk Freindship Centre Outreach
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