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Made from this land: Keeping ancient Wabanaki knowledge alive through art –



I am a Wolastoqi journalist from Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation) in northwestern New Brunswick. My nation’s traditional unceded territory stretches all along the Wolastoq, commonly known as the St. John River, from Quebec down to the Bay of Fundy.

“Made from this land” is a series that explores different arts and crafts of Wabanaki people across the Maritimes. Many of the skills have been passed down from generation to generation. 

The Wabanaki Confederacy, or People of the Dawnland, is made up of five distinct Indigenous nations: Abenaki, Mi’kmaq, Penobscot, Peskotomuhkati (Passamaquoddy) and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet). These nations territories span Nova Scotia, P.E.I, New Brunswick, parts of Quebec and New England in the United States. 

With every conversation I had there was a common thread of reconnection, reconnection to language and traditional knowledge and preserving them for future generations.

For these artists, creating things as their ancestors did gives their work passion. Working with materials that could be gathered from their traditional homelands — ash, birch, butternut, porcupine quills, deer and moose hides — gave them a connection to the land their ancestors left for them.

Ned Bear, Justin Sappier

The late Ned Bear of Sitansisk (St. Mary’s First Nation in New Brunswick), a woodworker who carved masks named for spirit guides, inspired new generations of mask carvers in the Wolastoqiyik Nation, including Justin Sappier of Neqotkuk.

The late mask maker Ned Bear created a woodworking path for younger artists like Justin Sappier, helping them reconnect with their language and Indigenous traditions through art. 6:42

Gabriel Frey, Shane Perley-Dutcher

Gabriel Frey of Motahkomikuk (Indian Township, Maine) learned to make utility baskets from his grandfather but had to reimagine what utility is today. Shane Perley-Dutcher of Neqotkuk learned to make baskets from a Wolastoqi elder who later would be an inspiration for the use of non-traditional material for baskets. 

Wabanaki basket weavers are transforming the traditional craft, creating fashion and taking basket-making from the potato fields into art galleries. 3:43

Melissa Peter-Paul

Melissa Peter-Paul of Abegweit First Nation in P.E.I., who makes art with porcupine quills, travels the roads of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia just to find the materials her great-great grandmother used for quill art.

P.E.I. artist Melissa Peter-Paul drives to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to collect roadkill and revive a family tradition that was lost for generations: quill art. 4:22

Brian Knockwood

Brian Knockwood of Sipekne’katik (Indian Brook First Nation in Nova Scotia) of the Eastern Eagle Singers grew up in the shadow of the Shubenacadie Indian Residential School, disconnected from his heritage, but now teaches people how to make their own drums.

Addiction counsellor Brian Knockwood finds his drum-making workshops across Wabanaki territory have put people on the road to healing. 4:12

My hope is that sharing these stories can be a bridge to some understanding of Indigenous cultures. Art is critical to the continuance of culture. Respectful representation of these distinct nations is equally as important. These art forms all hold within them traditional knowledge of the very land from which they came. 

Nit leyic — may that be the truth.

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Your hand-me-down art can be loved again: Art Attic is back – CambridgeToday



Is there something sitting in your closet collecting dust? The Cambridge Art Attic will take it.

The Cambridge Art Attic Silent Auction is back and looking for donations of art and home décor. As the Cambridge Art Guild’s largest annual fundraiser, the event supports the Cambridge Centre for the Arts (CCA). 

The 11th annual Art Attic Silent Auction will be held at the Cambridge Centre for the Arts on June 16, from 9 a.m.- 8 p.m., June 17, from 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. and June 18 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Art Attic is accepting donations of art including prints, originals, and home décor, all priced to sell.

Visitors will have an opportunity to bid on and purchase art donated by local artists and the community.

The Cambridge Art Attic, an initiative of the Cambridge Arts Guild, is the primary fundraiser that supports the city’s art scene.

“We are so excited to see the silent auction return this year,” said Lori Bennett, chair of the Cambidge Art Attic.

“This is our major fundraiser that allows us to support our programs and events. Art Attic allows people to donate their previously loved art that they no longer use or have space for, and they know that someone else will love that piece of art again.”

Art can be dropped off at 60 Dickson St. For hours visit here

And for those doing some spring cleaning or decorating and have some art to donate, the Art Attic also accepts pieces year-round. 

“We get some items and we think, this doesn’t have much value, and then you find out it’s an antique piece. Someone will come in and get really excited about it,” Bennett said.

Proceeds from the Art Attic Silent Auction will support the Cambridge Arts Guild with local art initiatives including Cookies and Kids Theatre, Cambridge Studio Tour, the Juried Art Show, Artist in Residence, and Christmas in Cambridge. .

The Cambridge Centre for the Arts provides quality arts programming through classes, workshops, an art gallery, special events, and an artist in residence program.

The CCA is a municipally operated community arts centre that enriches and engages area residents, artists and organizations through quality artistic experiences and opportunities that stimulate, promote, and support the arts in Cambridge.

The CCA encourages participation and inspires an appreciation for the arts.

“Art speaks to people,” Bennett said.

“You see people’s faces light up at the auction when they see that special something that speaks to them. They can give it new life and enjoy it for years to come. It’s a win win for everyone.”

For more information, visit the Art Attic Facebook page.  The Arts Guild is also looking for new volunteers or to help with the silent auction. To volunteer, contact Wanda Schaefer at 519-623-1340 ext. 4491.

For more information, visit here.

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Goddesses, she-devils and a tangle with textiles – the week in art – The Guardian



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Goddesses, she-devils and a tangle with textiles – the week in art  The Guardian

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Art Beat: Have you visited the halls of healing arts at the hospital? – Coast Reporter



The Sechelt Hospital Foundation has welcomed Levi Purjue, an artist who contributed to the Art of Healing fundraising event, for its May rotating gallery at Sechelt Hospital. 

Located between the lab and physiotherapy offices, select works of art are available each month for sale to the general public or hospital staff. 

Further down the hall, visitors will find more of Levi’s works on display. 

Funds from the Art of Healing event helped to purchase a new X-ray for Sechelt Hospital’s Medical Imaging Department. 

Nature of Grief artist talk at GPAG May 28

The public is invited to learn more about Amberlie Perkin’s work in her The Nature of Grief exhibition at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery. Perkin will be providing an artist talk on Saturday, May 28 at 2 p.m. 

Amberlie is an interdisciplinary artist whose diverse practice includes sculpture, installation, printmaking, and painting.  

With interests in the interplay of grief and ecology, nature and the body, Perkin’s creative process evokes “the materiality of mourning” using grief and loss as lively material with which to build new forms while formalizing the presence of absence.  

More information is online at 

Suncoast Phoenix Community Choir concerts May 28 and 30

The Suncoast Phoenix Community Choir will present an eclectic mix of choral music for all ages on Friday, May 28 (7 p.m.) and Sunday, May 30 (3 p.m.). 

The Friday concert takes place at St. Hilda’s Anglican Church in Sechelt. 

The Sunday matinee will be at Calvary Baptist Church in Gibsons. 

The choir’s website has more information: 

The Peanut Butter Jam at the Roberts Creek Legion May 28

Roger Camp and fellow rockers Slightly Twisted & Friends will present The Peanut Butter Jam at the Roberts Creek Legion on May 28. It’s the group’s first time performing at the venue since 2020. 

Camp’s friend and fellow Canadian classic rocker Al Harlow will make an appearance.  

As is customary with Peanut Butter Jam events, cash donations will benefit the local food bank. 

The show starts at 8 p.m. on May 28. 

Coast Fiddler Camp coming in July

The Sunshine Coast Fiddlers are offering a Coast Fiddler Camp, to take place July 18 through 20 at Davis Bay Community Hall. Instructors will include JJ Guy, Gordon Stobbe, Geoff Horrocks, Trish Horrocks and Jennie Bice. 

Advance registration is required and is open now. For more information about the Coast Fiddlers and how to join, email 

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