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Métis history showcased in public art display in Winnipeg bus stop – Folio
by ahnationtalk onJune 24, 202078 Views
Métis artist teams up with U of A geographer to incorporate vivid maps and scrip records into artwork illustrating unique cultural heritage.
When Métis artist and architect Tiffany Shaw-Collinge was commissioned to design an artwork for the Markham bus station in Winnipeg, she wanted to use the stop to showcase Métis land rights. She reached out to the president of the Métis Nation of Alberta, Audrey Poitras, who knew exactly who Shaw-Collinge needed to talk to.
She suggested Shaw-Collinge reach out to Frank Tough, an historical geographer in the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Native Studies. Tough leads the Métis Archival Project (MAP) Research Lab, which, for more than 20 years, has conducted research on Métis history and land rights.
“Always in the back of our minds while we do our research is connecting a person today with historical records of the past. So for us this [art project] was a novel way of doing that,” Tough said.