A member of the Kijicho-Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin First Nation, Sherry grew up on the shoreline of Anderson & Paudash Lakes, just outside of Bancroft, Ont. After spending 17+ years in the Toronto area, she moved ‘back home’ and has spent the last 20 years or so just west of Peterborough, Ontario. Being back home has given her the opportunity to pick up the pieces of lost culture, through ceremony, workshops, one on one with Elders and Powwows. Many years ago she received the name ‘Waab shkizi mukwa gabaaw .. aka White Bear Standing through Shake Tent ceremony.
Sherry Crawford is an emerging artist who is still discovering her Art Style, and the Art world. She is Algonquin, and has been ‘picking up the pieces’ of her Anishinaabe Culture for the past 25 years or so. She embraces the Spiritual / Traditional teachings and has been honoured and humbled to be given her “indian name”, shared with the Elders during a Shaking Tent Ceremony. She is proud to connect to this special ceremonial name, Waabshkizi-mukwa gaabaw (White Bear Standing). She brings the bear into many of her pieces.