13 Months

Ali Istanda - lantern - 13 months

LUNARFEST GTA LUNARFEST GTA Varley Art Gallery Courtyard Ali Istanda Bunun Instagram In the Bunun tribe, there is the practice of carving the year’s activities into wood. Following the moon, sometimes there is an extra month—the 13th month. Ali Istanda hopes that everyone can take this thirteenth month to rest and reminisce about the good … Read more

Wild Rose

LUNARFEST GTA LUNARFEST GTA Varley Art Gallery Courtyard Mishiikenh Kwe (Autumn Smith) Anishinaabe, Caribou Clan / Magnetawan First Nation Twitter Instagram Wild Rose honours the memory of my grandmother, Eminawaangozidkwe-ban of Rabbit Island on Wikwemikong Unceded reserve. That name was given to her by her sister-in-law shortly before she passed on. It means “woman who … Read more

Rise

LUNARFEST GTA LUNARFEST GTA Varley Art Gallery Courtyard Nathalie Bertin Métis, French and Algonquin Link Facebook Instagram The image is of a bear standing with its nose towards the sky. The background is a contemporary version of a Metis sash. The bear represents courage. The red is often associated with the colour of blood that … Read more

Fox & Mouse

LUNARFEST GTA   LUNARFEST GTA   Varley Art Gallery Courtyard Loretta Gould Mi’kmaq, Waycobah First Nation Link Facebook The fox and mice are part of the food chain. 4 represents the 4 directions. Can you spot them all? The 4 holes under the snow, 4 trees, 4 fish, 4 circles in the lungs. The lines … Read more

Mishibizhew Miinwa Animkii Bineshi Kwe

LUNARFEST GTA LUNARFEST GTA Varley Art Gallery Courtyard Elliott Doxtater-Wynn Anishaabek / Kanien’keha’:ka Instagram Facebook Mishibizhew is the Lynx headed dragon of Ojibwe true history and legend. There are stories and petroglyph depictions of this being around the Great Lakes. It is said that Mishibizhew is a water spirit, covered in both scales and fur. … Read more

Let your Spirit Soar

LUNARFEST GTA   LUNARFEST GTA   Varley Art Gallery Courtyard Sherry Crawford Kihicho-Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin First Nation Link Sherry Crawford, also known as White Bear Standing, description of the painting, “Let Your Spirit Soar”: The painting is a visual symphony of symbols and meanings. The circle, a representation of the Medicine Wheel, is a testament … Read more