Colouring Book - Discover Cree Nation Art & Wisdom
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 book is on the Cree Nation. It was created with Cree elder John Sinclair as well as artists Delree Dumont and Sam Bighetty. Book is 8.5 x 11", perfect-bound.
John Sinclair's roots go back to Good Fish Lake First Nation and Ermineskin First Nation. Given the laws of the time, his grandparents both lost their status due to marrying non-Indigenous persons. His grandfather received scrip and was declared as Métis of the Wolf Lake settlement. John identifies as a non-status Cree person. He is a second generation survivor of the residential school system. He grew up in the bush and loved the lifestyle. At age 10, his grandparents, who raised him, moved to Edmonton. He was introduced to discrimination from other school kids and soon learned that violence kept him safe. Violence and substance abuse became a way of life and soon he was in conflict with the law. It was while he was incarcerated that John was introduced to his culture. For the past 25 years, he has been learning about ceremonial way of life. He has earned the rights to carry a pipe and conduct various ceremonies. John has worked for Correctional Services Canada since 2000, beginning in programs and since 2006, as an Elder.
Delree Dumont is an Indigenous woman whose family is from Onion Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan. Delree excelled in the arts from the time that she was a child and has painted throughout her life, even while working in the oil and gas industry for 32 years. Delree's style varies between realism and pointillism. Her pointillism paintings appear to be like beadwork on canvas. In 2014, she left the oil and gas industry to pursue her dream of opening a native art gallery. She opened Delree's Native Art Gallery on October 6, 2015 in honour of her mom's birthday and celebrates every year on this date. Unfortunately, due to personal reasons, Delree chose to close down the gallery in 2019.
Sam Bighetty is a Woodland Cree from Pukatawagan First Nation, Manitoba although he now calls Calgary home. He started drawing when he was 14 years old and has been painting since he was 20. He comes from a family of artists and grew up watching other family members drawing and painting before trying it himself. His older brother recognized Sam's talent and was instrumental in helping him learn to paint. He works in oil or acrylic depicting animals warriors and instruments filled with scenery, all in brilliant colours. Every painting contains symbolism to honour women, to recognize a life well lived or a life of hardships and spirituality.