nēhiyawak language experience 2018

As a second language learner of Cree, there is so much to work through in terms of shame, anger and trauma due to the violent interruption colonization had on our languages. The camp provided a safe and nourishing environment to reconnect with the language with likeminded friends who are now family.

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Kim Smith, Indigenous Goddess Gang // Featured Artist

This work has to be done collectively. One person could not do it all. That collective mentally is deeply embedded in indigenous teachings as is upholding our sacred responsibility from our ancestors.

The Place Where My Spirit Breathes

maskéko-sákahikanihk. This summer, I took a four day intensive néhiyawéwin class. I'm learning my language, slowly. This class was the beginning of a commitment to push myself further towards this goal. I live in Ottawa now, but I'm a prairie girl through and through. Going back home is a necessity in staying grounded and connected… Continue reading The Place Where My Spirit Breathes

Feature Artist: Tamika Knutson

My favourite thing about Tea & Bannock is sharing the work of artists I come across on my travels. On my recent trip to Dawson City, Yukon I met Tr'ondek Hwech'in artist Tamika Knutson, a summer student at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture. She showed me some of her jewellery work inspired by the… Continue reading Feature Artist: Tamika Knutson

Reconstructing Memories

Right now, I'm preparing for an exhibition and all I can see around me are pieces of a collection that's been steadily growing over my whole life. Toys, cameras, toy cameras, ViewMasters, postcards and other ephemera that I feel is important to hang onto. This particular collection of vintage toys and miniatures make up a diorama installation… Continue reading Reconstructing Memories