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The Resurgence of Indigenous Liberation Art in the 21st Century

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The Resurgence of Indigenous Liberation Art in the 21st Century

Knowledge Keeper and Artist Albert McLeod will explore various points of view in the resurgence of Indigenous artists and their art following decolonizing processes like the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the recent National Inquiry into Missing Indigenous Women and Girls. As Indigenous peoples reclaim pre-contact aspects of their cultures and languages, visual and other arts have become key in documenting and sharing this journey.

As such, Indigenous artists have also responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by beading, making ribbon skirts, and pow wow regalia. The Social Distance Powwow group on Facebook has been the platform for this resurgence hosting a membership of over 240,000. This is the first time that this many Indigenous people have ever met in one place at one time. Various art pieces will be profiled and explored from a decolonized and political lens to inform the audience about the important narratives that Indigenous artists are sharing with us.

Please register online and a zoom link will be sent to your email address on the afternoon of the event!



Albert McLeod

Albert McLeod is a Status Indian with ancestry from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and the Metis community of Norway House in northern Manitoba. Albert McLeod, is a community leader sharing his knowledge of New Media art and Indigenous Cultural Teachings, how to work respectfully with Indigenous Protocols and ceremony within your art or curatorial practice, how to decolonize the art world and a well lauded multi-media artist.

Albert hails from northern Manitoba, with a blended heritage of Scottish Hudson’s Bay Company immigrant and Woodland Cree. The roots of his work are based in traditional hand work, beading, sewing, and leather work. All knowledge passed down from his Grandmother and Mentor, a highly accomplished Cree textile artist and knowledge keeper.

Today, Albert brings his art training, photography skills, and knowledge of Indigenous art and design, to a new level, while embracing a more modern approach through the use of computer technology and online platforms to manage his career. While Albert’s primary career path has focused on community development in the Indigenous sector, it is his art training that has been instrumental in elevating his work life successfully into the 21st Century.

Areas of expertise: Indigenous Art, Design, Photography, New Media Art, Cross-cultural Training, Knowledge Keeper.

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