Métis Art Install # 5
Part 5 of the Intergenerational Métis Artist Mentorship with Leah Dorion and Danielle Castle
On August 7th, Leah and Danielle completed their fifth and final installment from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. They staked horses into the ground that depicted the Métis values in Michif and English language. They did live painting and ribbon tying after laying out the design on the grassy field for a small crowd that showed up to enjoy the event. The artists wanted to put a spotlight on Michif language and faced the horses in the Métis language towards 6th Avenue, a busy street located in Prince Albert.
The small crowd consisted of Elder Liz Settee, who had come to all of the installations full of joy and eager to help in any way. The two artists were gifted jam and tea, a traditional Métis present, by a family that had followed the project closely over the the five weeks.
Leah and Danielle wanted to work with the element of wind and to symbolize the importance of horses in Métis culture. The ribbons and tape attached to the horses were used to capture the wind in travel of horses, an important animal used in Métis culture.