Colouring Book - Discover Northern Dene Nation Art & Wisdom
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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.
This colouring book focuses on Dene Art and Wisdom from the Northwest Territories - that's why it's called the Northern Dene. There are also Dene people that live near Calgary (Tsuut'ina), in Alaska, BC and in the southern States. My artist collaborators on that book are Michael Fatt and Christiana Latham. The elder is the late George Blondin and we received permission from his son and daughters to republish his stories in the colouring book. Book is 8.5 x 11", perfect-bound.
George Blondin was a Dene Elder born in 1923 in the Northwest Territories. A prolific writer, he was also a wilderness guide, a miner, a trapper, Vice-President of the Dene Nation, and in 1989 was elected Chairman of the Denendah Elder's Council. He was also the author of three books including When the World was New and Yamoria, the Lawmaker. For his storytelling efforts, Mr. Blondin received the Ross Charles award in 1990 for Native journalism and in 2003, was inducted as a member of the Order of Canada. He was very active in the community and attended political meetings dealing with issues from land protection to employment in the Northwest Territories. He is best known for collecting and sharing the stories of his people so that future generations of Dene would nt forget their stories. He believed deeply in spiritual matters and published three books conveying stories with spiritual themes. The latest, Trail of the Spirit: Mysteries of Dene Medicine Power Revealed, was published in the fall of 2006, and sits on publisher NeWest Press's bestseller list.
Michael Fatt is a Chipewyan Dene from Lutsel K'e, a fly-in community near Yellowknife, NWT on the upper east arm of the Great Slave Lake. Art has always been a part of Michael’s life. His childhood was spent in foster care and when his artistic skills were noticed at the school he attended in Winnipeg, he was encouraged to enroll at courses provided by the Winnipeg Art Gallery. His first works were done in oils and he exhibited a significant amount of talent at an early age. Michael’s journey was a difficult one and he eventually spent time in jail. There he developed an interest in his roots and changed his art to more of a Native Arts style. He eventually moved back to his original community and learned more about his history and culture, which is now reflected in his art. Michael’s art is sold through community markets in Calgary, Canmore and Banff. He was also commissioned to do a live painting event to auction a painting for Ground Zero Theatre in October, 2016.
Christiana Latham is a multidisciplinary artist of Northern Native and British descent. She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Multimedia Arts and Design Technologies in 2015 and is currently taking printmaking as a minor at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Christiana has exhibited her work in various galleries and her films have been shown in film festivals worldwide. One of her achievements was the acceptance of her latest film into GAMA (Gallery of Alberta Media Arts) at the Epcor Centre in Calgary in 2016. Christiana's main artistic focus is on film, watercolour and print media. Her artistic endeavours work to challenge personal growth and self-discovery. Christiana's work has evolved over time but she remains constant in creating culturally explorative pieces that work to connect her past to her present.