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By: MAG Staff
Tansi, my name is Marrisa Moccasin. I am a Cree artist who currently resides in Sylvan Lake, Alberta with my husband Patrick and our four children.
My interest in the world of art blossomed after the birth of my first child, Leland. I was inspired by the vast natural life surrounding my kokum’s (grandmother’s) backyard where I grew up, which is a small community on Treaty 6 Territory.
This chapter of my life would catapult me into what would ultimately become the start of a healing journey as it would provide me the opportunity to practice much of the culture and art that was absent as a second generation IRS Survivor. So far, my healing journey has led me to become a powwow dancer, and eventually led to an infatuation for regalia making. My passion is now connecting communities to Indigenous History through dance and traditional beadwork.
Marrisa is the co-creator & co-curator of Powwow! Ohcîwin The Origins, alongside her husband, Patrick Mitsuing.
Marrisa has created some of the beadwork for the regalia in Powwow! Ohcîwin The Origins. Have a peek at her work below.
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!