Country Wives & Daughters of the Country: Métis Women of This Land
Lii Faam di Piyii pi lii Fii di Piyii: Lii Faam Michif di nutr Piyii
In this exhibition of paintings, Leah Dorion recognizes and acknowledges Métis Women’s relationship with the land. With bright, saturated paint and mixed media, Dorion creates colourful, hopeful pieces ̶ rife with symbolism and meaning. The sense of history and cultural legacy is strong. Dorion has dedicated each painting to a Métis woman, naming her and addressing her presence in Canadian history. The result is a powerful experience; a remembering of lost or unacknowledged names, and a desire to honour the rich lineage of Métis women in Canada.
“Until recently the role of Métis women in Canadian history remained generally unacknowledged by our collective society… This art show is a celebration of Métis women and provides contemporary representations of women’s traditional roles in historic Métis society. Recognizing our shared past is an important way to give cultural continuity, identity, and knowledge to forthcoming generations of children.”
Read Leah’s complete Artist Statement.