Cheyenne Rain LeGrande ᑭᒥᐊᐧᐣ and Aurora Wolfe at AKA

Mullyanne Nîmito
Cheyenne Rain LeGrande ᑭᒥᐊᐧᐣ

January 19 to March 1, 2024
Exhibition and Billboard
Opening January 19, 5pm
Artist talk January 18, 12:30 co-presented with the University of Saskatchewan

Nîmito in nêhiyawêwin translates to she dances. Mullyanne Nîmito explores LeGrande’s Nehiyaw femme identity. Delving into ideas around Nehiyaw alien, protection, movement as healing, ancestral knowledge, traditional practice, Nehiyawewin, and Nehiyaw fashion.

The bepsi tab shawl is a sculptural garment made out of 3300 beer/pop can tabs that the artist and her community have been collecting for the past 5 years. Weaving the tabs and pastel ribbon together to create a long shawl with fringe similar to a fancy shawl. The performance, a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams, takes place in LeGrande’s homelands in Wabasca; created with Chandra Melting Tallow and translated by Nimama Connie LeGrande and LeGrande’s Kokum.

LeGrande’s ancestors created garments out of everything around them, a way of making that she came across regularly. Connecting art and fashion have always been a part of the artist’s family identity. A way of expression. A way of storytelling. These objects are an act of reclamation.

“I am thankful to all the aunties, Kokums, and ancestors who have guided me. The performance takes place in Wabasca. It’s an honour to be on my homelands and be able to perform in and around nipiy, the water, pahkisimon, the sunsets and askiy, the land. The story of Mullyanne that has been told to me is that she was a Nehiyaw elder in the community who would Natohksisot, (dress in all kinds of ways). The name Mullyanne was given to her by her community and again was given to Nimama for how she would dress. When I would visit my Kokums and aunties in Wabasca in the summers and would be called Mullyanne, I always felt held with love. It is an honour. I carry that name, story and spirit with me when performing. In hopes the audience can also feel held with love from all the aunties and Kokums.”

Cheyenne Rain LeGrande ᑭᒥᐊᐧᐣ is a Nehiyaw Isko artist, from Bigstone Cree Nation. She currently resides in Amiskwaciy Waskahikan also known as Edmonton, Alberta. Cheyenne graduated from Emily Carr University with her BFA in Visual Arts in 2019. Her work often explores history, knowledge and traditional practices. Through the use of her body and language, she speaks to the past, present and future. Cheyenne’s work is rooted in the strength to feel, express and heal. Bringing her ancestors with her, she moves through installation, photography, video, sound, and performance art.

my body is the river that shapes the ground before you
Aurora Wolfe

January 19 to March 1, 2024
Window Gallery
Opening January 19, 5pm

No matter how far a river meanders, one will always be able to trace its former pathways by looking to the earth surrounding it. In this same way we can return to the voices, teachings, and memories of the Indigenous women that have been systemically wiped from the colonial narrative. Their stories exist beyond the stagnant written record, and are inscribed in the ever-changing archive that is the land itself.

my body is the river that shapes the ground before you was chosen as one of 10 winners of the International Sculpture Center’s 2023 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, subsequently shown at the Johnson Atelier and featured in a recent issue of Sculpture magazine.

Hailing from the rolling pastures of Mortlach, Aurora Wolfe is a visual artist, researcher, songwriter, and musician of Cree and Scottish descent. Her work centers on the relationships between Indigeneity and institutions, teasing out stories that have been overshadowed by colonial narratives.

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