Christi Belcourt :: Based on Tradition, Inspired by Nature

Christi Belcourt Metis Artist ~ Based on Tradition, Inspired by Nature ~ Beadwork Designs Painted on Canvas

Man's coat, attributed Cree Metis, 1874

Cree Métis coat / Backside 1874 Red River Hide, mother of pearl buttons, silk ribbon, porcupine quill, dyes 116 x 97 cm Purchase

The Metis: Religion / Ceremonies / Art / Clothing, a Hudson's Bay blanket cut into a coat

Despite a complicated relationship with the Hudson's Bay Company, Métis traders sewed four point blankets together to make Capotes like this.

A photograph of the Half-Breed Commissioners sitting in their mess tent with Metis men and women during their visit to Devils Lake near Sandy Lake reserve, 1900. Royal Commission investigating and adjudicating Metis claims.  The Commission was to enumerate and issue scrip to the Metis who qualified in the district of Saskatchewan and a small part of Manitoba. Their work lasted from May 16 to

Métis sitting around table during North-West "Half-Breed" Commission, Devil’s Lake, near Sandy Lake Reserve, Courtesy of the Saskatchewan Archives Board.

Cree family near Carlyle, Saskatchewan - 1913  I saw my first Pow Wow near White Bear Lake as a child in the 60's. The drums were mesmerizing.

Cree family near Carlyle, Saskatchewan - 1913 I saw my first Pow Wow near White Bear Lake as a child in the The drums were mesmerizing.

Louis David Riel with his Grandmother, was a Canadian politician, a founder of the province of Manitoba, and leader of the Métis people (an ethnic group of mixed Cree, Ojibwa, Saulteaux, French Canadian, Scottish, and English descent) of the Canadian prairies.

Louis Riel and the Canadian Metis

Julie Lagimonière Riel (non-Aboriginal, daughter of Jean-Baptiste Lagimoniere Jr. and Marie-Anne Gaboury) with grandson Jean-Louis Riel.

metis woman http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/english/on-line-exhibits/franco-ontarian/pics/5106_metis_woman_270.jpg

Métis women in dress; fashioned after European design The Métis were descended from French or Scottish fur traders and First Nations women, and lived in Canada's prairies.

Louis David Riel 22 October 1844 – 16 November 1885) was a Canadian politician, a founder of the province of Manitoba, and a political and spiritual leader of the Métis people of the Canadian prairies.

Louis David Riel 22 Canadian politician, founder of the province of Manitoba, and political and spiritual leader of the Métis people of the Canadian prairies.

Honouring My Spirit Helpers - Baagitchigawag Manitou  223.5 cm x 401.3 cm (88" x 158")  Acrylic on Canvas  At the Algoma Art Gallery right now.  There are no words to describe how inspiriting and beautiful this work is.

Honouring My Spirit Helpers - Baagitchigawag Manitou cm x cm x Acrylic on Canvas At the Algoma Art Gallery right now. There are no words to describe how inspiriting and beautiful this work is.

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