Métis Lobstick, August 17 - September 30, in front of the E.A. Rawlinson Centre for the Arts, image courtesy of All My Relations Photography, 2021
Left to right: Lana Wilson, Elder Curtis Breaton, Ashley Smith, Elder Liz Settee, and Leah Marie Dorion stand beside the Métis Lobstick
The contemporary Métis Lobstick allowed Leah and Ashley to collaboratively create a 12 – 15 ft. stripped spruce pole decorated with painting, mosaic, and wood burning techniques. Lobsticks were wayfinding tools and geographic markers for local Indigenous nations and Métis voyageurs. The artists invited community members to decorate the lobstick over two days and ask questions. Leah and Ashley shared teachings with the public as the lobstick was temporarily installated outside the front of the Mann Art Gallery; its purpose was to serve as a celebratory territorial marker, pointing the way to this public artistic gathering place. Although Leah Marie Dorion has created lobsticks in three other communities, she was eager to create this lobstick, albeit temporary, as it would be one of the first lobsticks raised in Prince Albert in the past 150 years.