IINNIIWA Celebrating Buffalo's Return

IINNIIWA Celebrating Buffalo’s return

 

“SINCE TIME IMMEMORIAL, HUNDREDS OF GENERATIONS OF THE FIRST PEOPLES OF NORTH AMERICA HAVE COME AND GONE, BEFORE AND AFTER THE LAST ICE AGE. FOR ALL OF THOSE GENERATIONS, ‘IINNIIWA’ HAS BEEN OUR RELATIVE. ‘BUFFALO’ IS PART OF US, AND WE ARE PART OF ‘IINNIIWA’ CULTURALLY, MATERIALLY, AND SPIRITUALLY. OUR ON-GOING RELATIONSHIP IS SO EMBODIED IN US THAT ‘BUFFALO’ IS THE ESSENCE OF OUR HOLISTIC ECO-CULTURAL LIFE-WAYS.” - Amethyst First Rider

This exhibition is a reaffirmation of our relationship with Iinniiwa......Buffalo.

Conceived by Amethyst First Rider, this gathering of works by contemporary artists, Indigenous and non, was chosen for their unique relationships to the buffalo as an image and guide. Featuring the prayer circle installation “Thirteen Moons” by iconic Canadian artist Alex Janvier*, this show will invite the viewer to participate in ideas about conservation, social responsibility, reconciliation and the power of art to guide the conversations that must be had.

Some of the work deals with Indigenous philosophies, so may be territory specific. Some of the pieces may represent buffalo in an unconventional way. All of the work speak about our relationships with Buffalo as we work toward the restoration of buffalo herds across North America.

Opening on April 20, and running until May 25, this unique exhibition brings together artists wanting to embody Canada’s relationship to the buffalo; what it has been, and what it is becoming. The artists’ honoring of IINNIIWA in a highly visible way might inspire us all to reflect on a social transformation that is afoot in Canada’s relationship with the Indigenous peoples, and the land on which we live.

Participating Artists:

Alex Janvier, Terrance Houle, Adrian Stimson, Sandra Semchuk, Wes Olsen, Joane Cardinal Schubert, John Chief Calf, William Singer, Delia Cross Child, Joel Cross Child, Johane Janelle, Dwayne Harty, Don McIntyre, and Michael Cameron

 Exhibition Dates:   April 20 2019 - May 25 2019

Curated by Amethyst First Rider