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By: MAG Staff
My name is Morning Dove Kytwayhat (pictured left, with partner Jackson Tahuka) and I am a Cree descendant from Loon Lake, SK, Canada. I currently live on one of my home reservations called Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation. My mother’s parents are Clayton Chief of Island Lake First Nation and Helen Pahtayken of Thunderchild First Nation and my fathers parents are Joseph Kytwayhat of Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation and Jean Cantre of Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation. I am a wife and mother of 4 beautiful children. I am also a preschool teacher here on my home reserve.
Growing up I was raised traditional from my grandparents on both my mother and fathers side. So, through all my grandparents' teachings, I found my love for beading and it has been my hobby ever since.
My grandparents taught me at a young age to always have good energy when making anything. You never start something off with bad energy, or the thing you make will always have that with it. When I was creating this chicken dance regalia, I hoped that the people who see my beadwork will always feel that good energy.
I had thought about the colours, the things that surround me and also what the prairie chicken dance represents in a powwow, which is a mating/courting dance.
I wanted to make a colourful eye catching piece to attract anyone who sees it because in nature, a male prairie chicken is more vibrant and colourful than the female. When the male wants to attract a mate, it dances and shows off its colour on its feathers in the hopes that the female prairie chicken chooses them as their mate. Which gave me the idea for this outfit. I hope you enjoy looking at it as I enjoyed making it.
Hiy hiy (Thank you)
Morning Dove has created the beadwork for the Men's Chicken Dance 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!