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Lisa Shepherd is a British Columbia Metis who owns and operates “Lisa Shepherd, Metis Artisian” a business which was named BC Aboriginal Business of the Year in 2 !"# $er art is housed in the permanent collections of the %abriel &umont 'nstitute Museum in Sas(atoon and the )asper Yellowhead Museum and Archi*es in )asper, Alberta# 'n 2 !+, Lisa was selected b, Luciano Benetton to create a beaded art piece to be a part of the Imago Mundi Luciano Benetton Collection# -his touring e.hibit is a collateral e*ent to the Venice Biennale and is a global pro/ect that loo(s to the new frontiers of art in the name of coe.istence of e.pressi*e di*ersit,# 'n 2 !2, she created the beaded *est worn b, &r# )anet Sm,lie as she recei*ed her '0&spire Award for $ealth# She wor(ed with Maria Campbell on the design and incorporated elements of a painting that Christi Belcourt had done for &r# Sm,lie, with Christi1s permission# 'n 2 !", she was commissioned to create custom beaded garments for &isne,2s tele*ision pilot called, “Big -hunder#” -he garment pieces were worn b, Aboriginal Actress Michelle -hrush# Lisa Shepherd is a contributing artist and 3romoter4Ad*isor to the Walking With Our Sisters pro/ect# 5al(ing 5ith 6ur Sisters is an installation art pro/ect of !,7 pairs of moccasin tops or “*amps” commemorating and representing an estimated 82+ Aboriginal women and girls who ha*e been murdered or gone missing in Canada since !9:!# She also ran a beading group at ;raser <alle,, B#C# to do *amps for the pro/ect# -he commemorati*e e.hibit was launched in the fall of 2 !"#
<amps created b, Lisa Shepherd for Walking With Our Sisters
Lisa Shepherd is a well=(nown M>tis artisan recogni?ed for her traditional Metis beadwor( art pieces and garments, her wor( as a Metis dancer and teacher, and for her stor,telling through theatre# She is a nationall, recogni?ed M>tis /igger and performed on the world stage at the Aboriginal 3a*ilion during the 2 ! 6l,mpics# She has also written a one=act pla, @theatrical dance pieceA, called “Bannoc( B 6atmeal”, which has been performed with a troupe of four across British Columbia and Alberta# As a *isual artist, Shepherd1s fabric art recei*ed international attention when she was commissioned to create beaded garments for the opening ceremonies of the 2 ! 6l,mpics# -he garments now reside at the %abriel &umont 'nstitution Museum#
Artist taps past with pop art
Brian Lewis, The Province 3ublishedC Sunda,, ;ebruar, 2!, 2 ! DEditedF Gsing a si.=metre high fibreglass replica of Coca=Cola2s traditional contour bottle as her can*as, Shepherd created a personal legac, of her Metis bac(ground, including the bea*er=fur bottle cap, a traditional Metis sash, intricate stitching and beadwor(, and photos of some of her ancestors in sepia tone that reach bac( to Hiel2s era# Aptl, titled “-he Awa(ening”, her creation is now on displa, at the Aboriginal 3a*ilion at $amilton and &unsmuir in downtown <ancou*er# 't2s also on the auction bloc( @www#eba,#ca4charit,Awith the bidding starting at I2,J and a KBu, 't 0owK price of I" , # -he proceeds go to the Aboriginal Youth Legac, ;und# So how did this Gni*ersit, of the ;raser <alle, fashion design graduate, who is now a full=time, home=based artist, end up with a *er, large == and *er, na(ed == fibreglass Co(e bottle in the middle of her li*ing room last fall, one that was in dire need of being dressedL
-hrough her association with the Metis 0ation of B#C#, Shepherd recei*ed the Coca=Cola application form last )ul,, and the compan, subseMuentl, accepted her design elements, which had to reflect something about the artist# Since most of her regular artistic wor( in*ol*es designing, stitching and beading intricate moccasins, /eweller, and garments @her web=site is www#lisashepherd#caA,Shepherd also designed !J Metis costumes for dancers in the 6l,mpic opening ceremon,# 6ne included a replica of a beaded /ac(et often worn b, Hiel#
<A0C6G<EH, ;eb# !J, 2 ! 4C054 = -oda,, Coca=Cola selected Lisa Shepherd as the final artist in its Aboriginal art bottle program# 'n total, !J artists were selected from more than ! Aboriginal artists across Canada to participate in the program, which was designed to le*erage the 6l,mpic opportunit, and help the Aboriginal communit, share its culture with the world# -he program will also help the Aboriginal communit, financiall,# ;rom ;ebruar, !J = 2J, 2 ! , each Coca=Cola Art Bottle will be a*ailable to collectors from around the world for purchase at the Aboriginal Art Bottle Auction# All proceeds will go to the <ancou*er 2 ! Aboriginal Youth Legac, ;und, which supports ;irst 0ations, 'nuit, and M>tis ,outh across Canada# K6ur cultures are thri*ing and we want to share them with the world,K said -ewanee )oseph, Chief E.ecuti*e 6fficer of the ;our $ost ;irst 0ations, 6fficial 3artners of the 2 ! 5inter %ames# K5hen *isitors come to the %ames, the, will e.perience ;irst 0ations, 'nuit and M>tis cultures in an unprecedented wa,, from wor(s of art in prominent locations at *enues to ,outh acting as torchbearers and flame attendants during the <ancou*er 2 ! 6l,mpic -orch Hela,# -he Coca=Cola Aboriginal Art Bottle program is another e.citing e.ample of how the di*ersit, of Aboriginal peoples will be showcased during the %ames#K -he Aboriginal art bottles ha*e been un*eiled regionall,, across the countr,, throughout the <ancou*er 2 ! 6l,mpic -orch Hela,# -he artists, both amateurs and professionals, are ;irst 0ations, 'nuit or M>tis# An independent ad/udication panel conducted the re*iew# -he Art Bottles will be on displa, in <ancou*er at *arious locations during the <ancou*er 2 ! 6l,mpic 5inter %ames# KLisa Shepherd2s bottle is titled Kthe awa(eningK and represents the art, culture and lifest,le of the M>tis people while remembering and honouring the ancestors# -he design of the bottle itself brings together elements that are distinct to the M>tis peopleC bea*er fur, the $udson Ba, blan(et, the combination of leatherwor( with floral beading on wool that was so uniMue to the M>tis, the sash that historicall, had so man, practical uses and photo images of the ancestors#
Metis Artist’s Beadwork Sells for $3000 at Art Auction
B, admin, Canadian Bar Association on 6ctober !"th, 2 ! 5hen Lisa Shepherd, Metis Artisan, donated some beaded artwor( to -he Aboriginal Law Student Scholarship -rust fundraising gala e*ent, it was because she belie*ed in the cause# She ne*er e.pected her art to recei*e as much attention as it did# ;ormed from a partnership between the 0ational Aboriginal Achie*ement ;oundation @0AA;A and the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch @CBABCA, the purpose of the scholarship fund is to ad*ance legal education for Aboriginal persons b, pro*iding annual scholarships to attend law schools in British Columbia#
Shepherd donated a framed beadwor( that she created in honour of the -rust and the wor( being done to protect Aboriginal rights, and create positi*e change for Aboriginal peoples and communities# -he beadwor( included a traditional Metis fi*e petal flower surrounded b, ;orget=me=nots to represent the strength and spirit of the Metis, no longer the “forgotten people#” 't was Shepherd1s hope that it would ser*e as inspiration to an Aboriginal law,er or law student, and remind them of the higher purpose that their gift ser*es# -he framed beadwor( sold in the silent auction for I"7J# A beaded shawl that was created b, Shepherd was also at the auction, gi*en b, a pri*ate donor who purchased it at the Aboriginal Artisan <illage during the 2 ! 6l,mpics# Shepherd remembers the shawl being purchased, but didn1t (now it would be destined for the auction# 't (ic(ed off the li*e auction, selling for a final bid of I" # -he gala e*ent too( place at the Sheraton 5all Centre $otel on September " , 2 ! # More than " members of the Bench and Bar, and their guests en/o,ed festi*ities including the li*e and silent Aboriginal art auction, as well as entertainment and a west= coast inspired menu# -he night raised more than I8 , for the -rust# Lisa Shepherd is related to man, well=(nown Metis families# She is a third great= granddaughter of Cuthbert %rant @!79:=!8J+A and a fourth great=grandniece of 'sidore dit Ecapow &umont @!8 ! =!88JA# She is also a distant cousin of Su?ette Swift n>e Chalifou. who was born in !8:: at Saint Albert, Alberta and died !9+: in )asper, Banff, Alberta# Su?ette Swift has been called the ;irst Lad, of )asper# $er beadwor( was documented in /ournals# She and her husband, Lewis Swift, were among the first homesteaders at )asper $ouse#
Compiled and Edited b, Lawrence Bar(well Coordinator of Metis $eritage and $istor, Hesearch Louis Hiel 'nstitute
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