2023 LunarFesGTA- Lantern Image

Imagination Ignites

Jan. 14 - Feb. 28

As another spring arrives, like rabbits we come out of our burrows to meet with each other and celebrate the joy of life. This year, join us in the Year to Imagine!

Family can take on different forms. For those of us separated by sea or land from our loved ones, we might celebrate the new year through screens and phone calls. For those that have always called this land home and for those that are building a new home here, we might offer a hand to our neighbours and become a family through community. What is family, to you, today?

The natural world holds many resources for us to live and grow and thrive. Trees can be shade and shelter, and they can offer knowledge of the passing of time. Flowers and fruits can be used to sustain us, and they can offer colour and fuel our creativity. Animals walk among us, and we find friendship and familiarity in them. What other inspirations can you find in nature?

Through personal stories of ancestry, joy, and hope, witness as imagination ignites the Lunar Lanterns of Indigenous Lights.

Participating Artists

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Purple Paradise

Sherry Crawford
Kihicho-Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin First Nation

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Star Bear Walking

Nathalie Bertin
Métis, French and Algonquin

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Montanna's Bear

Loretta Gould
Mi'kmaq, Waycobah First Nation

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Springtime Rabbits

Hotdog Water (Tsista Kennedy)
Anishinaabe Onyota'a:ka

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Dagwaagig

Mishiikenh Kwe (Autumn Smith)
Anishinaabe / Magnetawan First Nation

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Oginiis Baawajigan (Dream/Vision of Wild Rose)

Elliott Doxtater-Wynn
Anishaabek / Kanien'keha':ka

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Tree-Born People Series

Walis Labai
Seediq Tribe

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Bewidered

Arcucangli Rusaglet
Paiwan Tribe

Participating Artists

Paradise

Sherry Crawford
Kihicho-Manito Madaouskarini
Algonquin First Nation
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Star Bear Walking​

Nathalie Bertin
Métis, French and Algonquin
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Montanna's Bear​

Loretta Gould
Mi'kmaq, Waycobah First Nation
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Springtime Rabbits​

Hotdog Water (Tsista Kennedy)
Anishinaabe Onyota'a:ka
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Dagwaagig​

Mishiikenh Kwe (Autumn Smith)
Anishinaabe / Magnetawan First Nation
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Oginiis Baawajigan (Dream/Vision of Wild Rose)

Elliott Doxtater-Wynn
Anishaabek / Kanien'keha':ka
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Tree-Born People Series​

Walis Labai
Seediq Tribe
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Bewidered​

Arcucangli Rusaglet
Paiwan Tribe
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LunarFest GTA is grateful to be held on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of many nations, including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples, that is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We acknowledge our privilege to be gathered on this land, and commit to work with and be respectful to the Indigenous peoples whose arts and stories inspire us to bring communities together.

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LunarFest GTA is grateful to be held on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of many nations, including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples, that is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We acknowledge our privilege to be gathered on this land, and commit to work with and be respectful to the Indigenous peoples whose arts and stories inspire us to bring communities together.

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