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Colouring Book - Discover Blackfoot Art & Wisdom

$23.95

If you need more books than what is currently available online, please call us with your request at 613-256-9229.

Each colouring book features:

 Artwork from two Indigenous artists from a First Nation
 Teachings and stories from an Indigenous Elder

This is more than just a colouring book.

You will enjoy learning a bit about Blackfoot traditional wisdom shared by Blackfoot elder Camille Pablo Russell while you add vibrant colour to the beautiful pieces of Blackfoot First Nation art by Kalum Teke Dan and Ryan Jason Allen Willert. Book is 8.5 x 11", perfect-bound.

Part of the proceeds from your purchase will be going to these two artists and the elder and to supporting the “Children are our Sacred Bundle” conferences that work on improving the situation for Indigenous children from the grassroots level.

Camille Pablo Russell was born on the Blood Reserve in Southern Alberta. His Indian name is Shooting in the Air, and he goes by the name Pablo. He grew up being very close to his grandparents. It was through them he learned a lot about his roots and traditions. Over the past 20 years, he has lectured in Europe on Mental Health, Coaching, Traditional Herbs and Leadership Management. His workshops are based on the principle of “Follow the Buffalo”. For First Nations people, the buffalo represents the qualities of perseverance, facing the storms of life and walking into them. Pablo's book "The Path of the Buffalo - Medicine Wheel" is available for purchase in this store. He also works in Calgary, Alberta at the Elbow River Healing Lodge as a spiritual counsellor.

Kalum Teke Dan is a Blackfoot artist from Calgary who originates from the Blood Tribe in Southern Alberta. He was first inspired to create art by his grandparents, who were known internationally for their bead work and traditional regalia. Mostly self-taught and working in both oil and watercolour, Kalum has become known for his strong portraiture and his stunning wildlife depictions.His portraits are based on real life people--those who portray the strength and the pride of the People as a whole. He captures the spirit of the animals he paints on canvas. His work is in the personal collection of several Canadian Premiers, international leaders and many of Canada’s leading corporations. His work can be found in galleries across Canada and the United States. Kalum has also been commissioned to paint several murals of significant size by organizations in both Calgary and Edmonton.

A full-time artist and storyteller living in Red Deer, Alberta, Ryan Jason Allen Willert was born and raised in Southern Alberta. Although he was brought up in a non-native community, he has since reconnected with his Blackfoot roots (Siksika Nation). Ryan learned the art of black ink drawing from his father Richard (Dicky) Stimson, another well-known Siksika Nation artist. Among the many exhibitions where he has presented his work are the City of Calgary and Calgary’s Glenbow Museum. Ryan has done readings of his stories in front of large audiences including the Calgary’s Aboriginal Awareness Week at Mount Royal College in 2008. Along with his artwork initiatives, he has spoken several times in front of youth and adult classes for life skills students through the Personal Support & Development Network and other special initiatives; including 2008’s Future Aboriginal Business Leaders Symposium in Pincher Creek. Ryan is sought out as an important role model in the community, especially for youth outreach and inspiration. He has since gone on to make murals in collaboration with many schools.