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By: MAG Staff
Patrick felt the world slow down and his culture pour into him the first time he witnessed Men’s Fancy Dance, for which he has since earned three World Champion titles.
“I was eight when I first witnessed traditional dance, and I scooped up some feathers from the riverbank and used my Uncle’s bingo dobbers to create colour on them. I was making my first dancing sticks, but I also was teaching myself how to dream and how to hope that things could be better. I had a purpose, and through dance I learned discipline, respect and resilience.
At that time I made a pledge to not let my own kids go through the challenges I had faced. I was eight! Young people’s minds are so very strong."
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.
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!