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Artisan Spotlight: Kendra Roan

Artisan Spotlight: Kendra Roan

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Tansi, Kendra Penny Wikuskoskwesis Nisikason.

I am Plains/Chippewa Cree-T’suu T’ina and Taos Pueblo, and I grew up in Pigeon Lake, Alberta.

Powwows have given me the freedom to travel all over North America and the United States. I’ve got to meet some amazing people throughout my travels and express myself every weekend through dancing and quilling.

My inspiration comes from my family, since they all create some form of art, such as singing and dancing, beading or painting. They have always encouraged my journey in Making art and have always been there for me. Every time I make something new, they’re always the first to see because their opinion means a lot to me.

The piece I have made is a Quilled Breastplate. I feel as if this is my most challenging piece of quillwork yet. This is the first BIG piece that I was asked to make for such an amazing project, and I am excited for you all to see it come to light.

Kendra has created the quilled breastplate for the Women's Traditional Dance in Powwow! Ohcîwin The Origins. Have a peek at her work below.

Powwow! Ohcîwin The Origins

Ohcîwin is a Cree word meaning “The Origin” or telling of a story where something originated.

Powwow! Ohcîwin The Origins features 7 powwow dance styles, with full Regalia and craft work.  Curators and creators, Patrick Mitsuing and Marrisa Mitsuing, have gathered the stories, worked with the Artisans, and carefully built the Regalia for this exhibition.

This exhibition is on display at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG) until February 27, 2021. Book your visit today!


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