by Lisa Shepherd & Kristi Bridgeman
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Lisa Shepherd & Kristi Bridgeman
Métis are people of the land. Historically, as our ancestors traveled west past the Rockies there emerged subtle regional distinctions in the culture. Simply put, as the land changed, the people adapted. One exception to this is Métis fiddle music. Music travels unchanging across the land, over the mountains and connects us to the homeland. Our old-time fiddle music, with its crooked bounce, has survived over generations. It carries with it emotions, stories and essence of the culture for our children and future generations. In this way, our fiddlers provide our communities with good medicine.
Kitohcikan is dedicated to Keith Hill, “Uncle Ronnie” Gerard, and Raynie Gervais. These three and many other BC Métis musicians have been fiddling for our communities for decades and keeping the rhythm for our future generations.
Mixed media: moose hide, stroud, glass beads, satin ribbon, sepia ink, watercolour, gold leaf on paper.
This original work is 26”x26” 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.
This original piece is for sale.
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