Sharing Circle

acrylic on birch panel
12 in. x 24 in.
2016

Commissioned by Calgary Public Art for their Centre City Banner Program in celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary focusing on how Canadian wilderness affects and shapes Canadian identity. I worked closely with Blackfoot Elder Casey EagleSpeaker and Stoney/Nakoda Elder Paul Daniels in planning a community Nature Walk which explored how individuals see nature integrating into their lives. Leading the walk, Casey and Paul focused on the relationship to the land, both historical and present. The walk presented participants with a deeper meaning of the environment as it relates to people. All six of these designs were informed by the teachings and reflections shared at this event.

Sharing Circle is based off a collection of reflections expressed during the sharing circle. There were some similar themes such as nature as a mirror, nature as a place to heal, plants and animals as teachers, and many more. I took these reflections and related them to the symbolism behind birds that live in Calgary.