Auntie Kept Our Stories
by Kristi Bridgeman & Lisa Shepherd
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Auntie Kept Our Stories
CA $4,200 SOLD
Kristi Bridgeman & Lisa Shepherd
Storytelling is a deeply important part of Métis community. The stories our relations tell share insight into who we are and where we come from. They help to keep the fabric of the culture, the values and beliefs strong through the generations. There always seems to be at least one storykeeper in every family.
Auntie Kept Our Stories is a window into the sitting room of Auntie’s house, with a carefully stitched Métis beadwork valance, and an L’Assomption sash draped across crewelwork. Tastefully decorating the home is a wall pocket, picture frame and scissor pocket beaded in very old style of the Haudenosaunee. Aunty made even a dirt floor home warm and beautiful!
Mixed media: glass and crystal beads, kookum print cotton fabric, ultra suede, watercolour, pastel sgraffito on paper.
This original work is 26” x 26” and has been shadow box framed with archival and anti-glare glass.
About Forget-me-not, Métis Rose: the Far West
Forget-me-not, Métis Rose: the Far West is the third body of collaborative work in the Forget-me-not, Métis Rose touring exhibition by cousins Lisa Shepherd and Kristi Bridgeman. The Far West collection celebrates the culture, tenacity and indeed the very existence of Métis people in British Columbia. The first Forget-me-not, Métis Rose collection showed at the Jasper Museum & Archives and celebrated the Métis stories and the plants endemic to that area, while the second collection showed at the Musée Heritage Museum in St. Albert, Alberta, and told a broader story of the Métis across the prairies. This latest collection, the Far West, localizes the story for the Métis of British Columbia, an often invisible group of people too often viewed through a pan-Indigenous lens. These are their distinct stories.
About the collaboration
Lisa Shepherd and Kristi Bridgeman, Métis artists, met serendipitously through an artist group, where they exchanged stories of family and ancestry. As they pieced together their stories, they began to realize their connection through their common ancestor Suzette Swift. With Suzette watching over them, the artists share their knowledge, explore their culture and create a collaborative body of work honour their Grandmothers and Métis ancestral designs.