Forget-Me-Not II - 13"x13" Print
Kristi Bridgeman & Lisa Shepherd
The Métis matriarchs of early British Columbia, often in the historical shadows of their husbands, were well educated, had the ability to speak many languages and could carry on the business of the trade. At the same time, their knowledge of plant medicine and ability to live off the land, ensured survival when everywhere west of the Rockies was still considered wild. Their mastery of beadwork, embroidery and functional leather work was much sought after and, through trade, provided means for their families. In the Pacific Northwest (British Columbia), it was Métis women who married HBC officers and were therefore, for a brief period of time, within the upper echelons of society.
Forget-me-not II is dedicated to Amelia Connolly Douglas, Métis wife of Sir James Douglas, the first Governor to the Colony of British Columbia. Lady Douglas was a nurse and midwife and was said to be as gentle as a wood violet. She was known to prefer the taste of wild camas bulbs to that of the fancier dinners provided to a governor’s family. She was a mother to thirteen children, sadly raising only six to adulthood. At an elderly age, Amelia chose to retire from society and spend her remaining years with her family.
Mixed media: moose hide, velveteen, glass and metal beads, porcupine quills, sepia ink and watercolour on paper.
Printed in Canada on recycled FSC paper.