Me'tis artist Christi Belcourt lives near Manitoulin Island, Ontario. She creates intricate paintings inspired by the traditional beading process and woodland style of beadwork design. In this edition of "Anishinaabe Way: Lives, Words and Stories of Ojibwe People," she shares her influences, her art and her artistic process. She also talks about her current work co-coordinating the project "Walking With Our Sisters," a Commemorative Art Installation for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Canada.
It is estimated that 600+ native women in Canada have gone missing or have been murdered in the last 20 years. Many have vanished without a trace with little to no concern paid by the media, the general public or politicians. For this project, 600+ moccasin tops (vamps) are being created by hundreds of people to create one large collaborative art piece that will be installed for the public in various galleries and sites. They will be installed in a winding path of beaded vamps on cloth over a gallery floor. The exhibit is currently booked to tour across Canada and perhaps into the United States. For more about this project including the exhibition schedule, visit the "Walking With Our Sisters" Facebook page.