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Saamis Tepee

The Plains lndians Interpretation and Painting by Manybears The relationship betweenman

Treaty #7 Interpretation and Painting by Henry Standingalone

First Peoples Today Interpretation and Painting by Marilyn Fraser—King Even though there is a passing of our Native culture from the old world into the new, we have kept our songs and sang them. To this day we still pass on the feath- er, we still sing. we still hear the stories, we still listen to the wind, and we still feel the power of the Northern Lights. It is a time to walk a path of treasure and enlightenment. This painting depicts the acceptance of both worlds and their challenges.” Circle of Unity – stormy sky, but there are breaks in the clouds and the life giving sun is shining through. Pointing towards the sun and bright light, the native warrior holds his peace pipe invoking the wisdomof the Great Spirit. The pipe represents the unity of all people and all things in the universe. The crossed circle is one of the very earliest forms inscribed by humans to express the cosmos, life has no beginning or end, and it is a symbol of unity. The cross pieces represent the directions. The different races of people are por- trayed here by different coloured hands. Multiculturalism Interpretation and Painting by Nona Foster This is set on a dark and

In the fall of 1877, Treaty #7 was signed at the Blackfoot crossing between the Blackfoot and the Queen‘s government. The five Chiefs depicted in the picture are: Chief Crowfoot from the Siksika Tribe, Chief Red Crow from the Blood Tribe, Chief Bears Paw of the Stony Tribe, Chief Eagle Tail of the Peigan Tribe, and Chief Bull Head of the Tsuu Tina tribe. Sharing the Pipe Ceremony represents the peace between two parties. The promises in the treaty were that the Blackfoot would be ensured their survival and a con- tinued way of life for as long as the sun shines, grasses grow and the rivers flow. TheMetis of the Plains Interpretation and Painting by Nona Foster The Metis people came from a meeting of two powerful human cultures and the emergence of a new and distinct people This is shown by the native woman and the pale skin man. The Metis sash originated in Quebec and was worn by the French Voyagers. The thistle represents the Scots, and the yarrow shows that these people still need plants in their medicines. The “North West Half Breed Commission” paper is shown because the signing of the scrip gave the native people a small amount of cash and took away their treaty rights.

and nature’s survival. The symbol of the buffalo was our main source of providing man with food, shelter, clothing and tools, As you see in the painting, the buffalo has no eyes. He surrendered his being to the Plains Indians. The eagle is our spiritual direction and symbolizes our creator. The eagle sees that man is aware of his values and surroundings. The circle represents the creation of universe and unity. Our creator mademan and woman to carry on our native culture and traditional way of life. The tepee is our shelter and our birth- place to continue the generations of life. Arrival of the Europeans Interpretation and Painting by Marilyn Fraser-King these new people with open arms. Within these arms held trust, kindness and wonder. Little did native people know that these explorers would initiate a transformation that revolu- tionized the First People‘s civilization. Nomore was there the spirit of free- dom that man belonged to the land. The original human settlers of the Americas welcomed





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