February 13 - March 18, 2020

Collections Gallery
Curated by Shaneela Boodoo
To adorn something is to cherish it enough to make it beautiful. Artists from two communities in Manitoba – Kistiganwacheeng (Garden Hill), in Treaty 5 territory and Winnipeg, in Treaty 1 territory – use beading to show care for family, community and loved ones, as well as a technique that allows Indigenous culture to permeate everyday life. While the works from Kistiganwacheeng were created in the 1970s and 80s, the works from Winnipeg are by contemporary artists. With historic and contemporary beading in dialogue, Adornment explores notions of intergenerational knowledge and the function of beaded work, which has been a way to record, keep, and carry knowledge in many Indigenous communities for almost five centuries. This form of knowledge transmission has allowed for relationship building with ancestors and elders long after they are gone, through the passing down of designs and the sharing of specific beading methods. The artists in this exhibition use beadwork to honour tradition, while simultaneously addressing popular culture, contemporary politics, fashions, and lifestyles.


Featuring: Katherine Boyer, Cassandra Cochrane, Bronwyn Butterfield, Niamh Dooley, Catriona Dooley, Margaret Monias, community members  of Kistiganwacheeng (Garden Hill, First Nation, Island Lake).

We acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada through the Young Canada Works program, Building Careers in Heritage.


February 13, 4:30 - 9:00 pm