OSWALDO DE LEON KANTULE, Kuna.
“ The mola is the traditional garment of Kuna women. The mola teaches and transmits the historical memory of the Kuna from generation to generation. The installation of a mola-book pays homage to this ability to transmit a symbolic language. ”
FRANÇOIS NEWASHISH, Attikamekw.
“ Spruce roots as seams, white birch bark for the cover and the pages, moose hide for the binding and decorations made from feathers, bone and beads. As for the subject of my book, it will bear upon the six seasons of the Attikamekw. ”
JEAN-PIERRE PELCHAT, Cree.
“ Creating an artist’s book describing the seven members of my family has been one of the most important steps in my life as an artist. Each page of the book will have a painted image of a relative, a sampling of what they create, their dreams and fears... The book will be a visual biography of my family members. ”
DOLORÈS CONTRÉ-MIGWANS, Odawa Mixed-Blood.
“ I see time as a matter too. It is part of the environment, as tangible as water and earth. Knowledge is the continuation of experience as a sort of living story that can be found in oral tradition rather than in a book, a current flowing from the past and penetrating into what is taking place now... ”
CHRISTINE SIOUI WAWANOLOATH, Abenaki - Wendat.
“ I devised a short poem especially to make an artist’s book from it. It speaks of a bear cub, a mountain and infinite time. ”
GEORGETTE OBOMSAWIN, Abenaki.
“ I propose to tell short anecdotes from my childhood at Odanak... ”
GLENNA MATOUSH, Cree.
“ Happiness is movement. It means a project without end. ”
SYLVIE BERNARD, Abenaki.
“ Homage to my father is a portable photo album, made from lambskin and assembled with metallic staples, cotton threads and nylon decorated with glass beads. This reversible garment tells the story of a man, conveys his culture and celebrates the goodness of humanity. It illustrates the fatherhood and generosity of the chief of the Wôlinak Abenakis, Raymond Bernard. It contains faces of children among the over two hundred he has fostered since 1988 through World Vision. ”
VIRGINIA PÉSÉMAPÉO BORDELEAU, Cree.
“ The title of the artist’s book, Homage to Sibi, is a reference to my sister’s Amerindian name, which means river. These projects are part of a healing process, after the loss of my sister, of course, but also in terms of all the injuries inflicted on the Amerindian in me. Cécile/ Sibi is watching over us, carried by the words she left to us, as the Amerindian spirit continues to live through the objects created by our ancestors. ”
RAYMOND DUPUIS, Malecite.
“ I attempt above all to reconfigure forgotten and lost territories to explore the ill-defined vision of our uprooting. ”
STEVE MCCOMBER, Mohawk.
“ The Great Tree of Peace, our Grandmother Moon and so many other spirits sculpted in the primeval elements of Iroquois culture. ”
SYLVAIN RIVARD, Metis.
“ An ethnobotanical herbarium developed from the plants used by the Wabanakiak nations. The pages are made from recycled paper incrusted with materials such as maize leaves, sunflower petals, pine needles, and threeleaf goldthread roots. ”
GINETTE AUBIN, Malecite.
“ I wanted to contribute to a better understanding of the who the Malecite people are. However I remain keenly aware of where I came from and the people I live among. I simply want to foster greater sensitivity among people and more attention to the beauty of First Nations arts. ”
ASHUKAN, (Isabelle Courtois and Jean-Pierre Fontaine, Innu).
“ ...Our book contains no writing but on its pages there is a scene of an Innu grandmother’s teachings to grandchildren sitting around her and listening to her attentively. ”
PAULINE LAHACHE, Mohawk.
“ Under the title Iroquois Ceremonies this artist's book project is an exalting means of creating a unique work based on elements inherent to Mohawk culture. The ceremony cycle is made up of nine ceremonies celebrated in the Longhouses of the Confederation of the Five Iroquois Nations. ”
RAPHAËL BENEDICT, Abenaki.
“ By means of engraving and digital printing, I would like to explore my quest for identity, drawing inspiration from photographs of myself as a child, an adolescent and an adult. A constantly mutating self-portrait... ”