Métis Buffalo Herd
Métis Art Install # 4
Part 4 of the Intergenerational Métis Artist Mentorship with Leah Dorion and Danielle Castle.
On August 31st Leah and Danielle installed 13 buffalo on the river bank rotary trail. A small gathering came out to watch as they hammered them into the ground while discussing the Métis values written by Leah Dorion. Nine of the pieces were painted by english learning students at the YWCA in a buffalo painting workshop. This gave the artists the opportunity to engage the community in teaching and sharing Métis culture while also adding the expression of the youth in Prince Albert.
The herd remained on the river bank for five weeks. On week four Leah's Strength buffalo wandered from the herd and was returned a couple days later. When Leah and Danielle went to look at the circumstances they had found the Strength buffalo had been staked back into the ground and next to the Respect buffalo was a stone painted and depicted the Medicine Wheel.
Leah and Danielle express their deepest gratitudes for the public interaction with the buffalo installation and would love to hear the story behind its adventure! The Medicine Wheel stone offering remained in it's protective covering next to the Respect buffalo.