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Christi Marlene Belcourt

Christi Marlene Belcourt

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Metis artist Christi Belcourt is profiled. Currnently christi is working on the art installation project "Walking With Our Sisters." See also the "People of the Metis Nation," "Dictionary of Metis Biography"and "Women of the Metis Nation."

Metis artist Christi Belcourt is profiled. Currnently christi is working on the art installation project "Walking With Our Sisters." See also the "People of the Metis Nation," "Dictionary of Metis Biography"and "Women of the Metis Nation."

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Published by: Lawrence J. Barkwell on Jan 11, 2011
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Christi Marlene Belcourt.
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(b. 1966)
Christi Belcourt is the initiator and Lead Coordinator behind
Walking With Our Sisters: A Commemorative Art Installation for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Canada
. This is a large collaborative art piece which displays over 1,!! pairs o" #occasin tops or $va#ps% co##e#orating and representing an esti#ated &' boriginal wo#en and girls who have been #urdered or gone #issing in Canada since 1961. The art is currently installed in *innipeg and is being held at the +rban ha#an -allery "ro# arch '1 to pril 1', '!1.This pro/ect is about these wo#en, paying respect to their lives and e0istence on this earth. They are sisters, #others, aunties, daughters, cousins, grand#others, wives and partners. They have been cared "or, they have been loved, and they are #issing. ach pair o" va#ps represents one #issing or #urdered indigenous wo#an. The un"inished #occasins represent the un"inished lives o" the wo#en whose lives were cut short by #urder. 2ver 13!! artists, so#e who are "a#ily #e#bers o" the wo#en who are #issing or #urdered, have created these va#ps. The e0hibit, which started in '!13, will tour "or seven years. The artwor4 and "unding has all been crowd5sourced as a co##unity e""ort. Christi Belcourt,
 etis painter, cra"tsperson, and writer,
was born in carborough, 2ntario in epte#ber, 1966, the daughter o" Tony Belcourt and udith 7ierce5artin (n8e treatch). er siblings are graphic designer u:anne Belcourt and "il##a4er hane Belcourt. er "ather was the "ounding president o" the ;ative Council o" Canada (191519). 7revious to that he was vice5president o" the 8tis ssociation o" lberta (1969). e recently retired "ro# his  position as president o" the 8tis ;ation o" 2ntario.
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 This is an e0cerpt "ro# L.. Bar4well (d.)
Women of the Metis Nation
. *innipeg< Louis =iel >nstitute, '11!.
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Belcourt is recogni:ed within the 8tis co##unity as one o" the pree#inent etis artists in Canada. >n '!!1, art curator Catherine attes included Christi in her review o" etis art and artists saying< $#erging etis artist Christi Belcourt has  been re"ining the#es within her paintings, which re"lect, renewed etis pride and a strong sense o" boriginal heritage. er the#es are in three topic areas, ?lorals @ inspired by etis beadwor4 patternsA *ater  @ honouring the sacred relationship o" all creatures to waterA and etis istory @ depicting etis people and events.%
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Christi is the author o"
 Medicines to  Help Us: raditional Metis !lant Use: Stud"  !rints and #esource $uide
 (as4atoon< -abriel u#ont >nstitute, '!!). The prints and co#panion boo4let are based on Christi Belcourts painting o" the sa#e na#e. There are contributions to the te0t on traditional  plant use by etis lders =ose =ichardson and 2live *hit"ord. The boo4s ichi" language translations are by =ita ?la#and with >le D la Crosse dialect translations by Laura Burnou".
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 Catherine attes. $etis 7erspectives in Conte#porary rt.%
 Metis %egac"
 (ds.) Bar4well, Lawrence ., Leah orion and arren =. 7r8"ontaine. *innipeg, B< 7e##ican 7ublications, '!!1< 19'.
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So Much Depends Upon Who Holds The Shovel (detail view)
crylic on Canvas, &E 0 96E, '!!&7er#anent Collection o" the >ndian and >nuit rt Centre

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