A student at the multicultural festival at York University set up a booth for the First Nations.
Hi my name is Zara. I am in grade 5 and 10 years old. I made the medicine wheel with feathers in the middle of the wheel. The feather wheel is peaceful with beautiful trees and in the middle there is a teepee where the First Nations live.
|Moon Drum - By Ana||
Acrylic paint on deerskin. The artist shows the moon as a circular female face filling the centre of the drum. South-coast style quadron stars are reminiscent of those stolen by Raven which he flung with the moon into the sky to lighten the dark nights endured by people long ago.
Tags: moon, drum, first nations, indigenous, pacific northwest coast, painting, youth
|Hummingbird in Flight - By Daniel||
Carved and engraved into cedar with acrylic paint. The u-shaped form-line of this hummingbird profile has been painted gold with black motifs of west-coast inspired shapes which include a circular eyeball in medium-length eyelid design. The wing is shown out-stretched and painted black with gold fine-line motif representing fanned feathers.
Tags: hummingbird, first nations, indigenous, cedar carving, traditional, youth, painting
|Bear drum - By Daniel||
Acrylic on deerskin. Profile of bear head jointed with over-hanging clawed paw. In the tradition of North-coast graphic art, the bear’s form-line is black with red secondary elements. The eye is delineated by a negative crescent indicating the eye is looking upwards toward the paw, creating a sense of cohesiveness.
Tags: bear, drum, first nations, indigenous, pacific northwest coast, traditional, painting, youth
|Sea Wolf on Cedar Paddle - By Daniel||
Acrylic on cedar. The artist incorporates many mid-coast style elements such as the ovoid-shaped eye, profiled paws with s-shape designs to represent claws. The head is an elongated u-shape form-line with joined u-shapes to form the ear, cheek, and mouth. The body is relieved by stylalized trigons, qaudrons and u-shapes.
Tags: sea wolf, wolf, cedar, indigenous, first nations, painting, traditional, youth
|The Jellyfish - By Eddie||
Acrylic on Canvas. This painting of one of Earth’s oldest living organisms is rendered in silver and copper tones chosen by artist to contrast against the red backdrop. The artist also uses darker tones for the tentacles behind the lighter ones to create depth and movement for this image.
Tags: jellyfish, pacific northwest coast, first nations, indigenous, fish, sea, ocean animals, youth, painting
|Frog on Drum - By Jeffery||
Acrylic on deerskin. This stylized frog is formed in an exuberant electric blue with bright yellow and red reliefs that beautifully highlight anatomical features. The artist chose a black background which lends an illusion that the frog is floating in the centre of the drum.
Tags: frog, drum, indigenous, first nations, youth, painting
|Coming to the Surface - By Noreen||
Acrylic on canvas. This mid coast style killer whale is shown surfacing the water and blowing. The face in the whale’s tale resembles that of a human, symbolizing the belief that whales are closely related to humans, as told in the traditional stories of many northwest coast cultures.
Tags: whale, ocean, indigenous, pacific northwest coast, first nations, youth, painting, canadian, traditional
|Butterfly Profile on Paddle - By Stefanie||
Acrylic on Cedar. The artist uses traditional north west coast features and beautifully incorporates them into stylistically modern and innovative motif. The form-line of this butterfly is done in white with reliefs in darker shades, thus contrasting the way colour is conventional used in north west coastal art.
Tags: butterfly, cedar carving, paddle, indigenous, first nations, pacific northwest coast, culture, youth, painting