The Arts

In the film excerpts under this theme, an Inuit stone carver, a Wendat artist and a Maliseet painter reflect on the role of art; a wood carver descended from the Haida and a Mi’kmaq painter talk about their sources of inspiration.


Bill Reid

Bill Reid 1

Kwa'nu'te': Micmac and Maliseet Artists

Kwa'nu'te': Micmac and Maliseet Artists 2

Kwa'nu'te': Micmac and Maliseet Artists 1

Kwa'nu'te': Micmac and Maliseet Artists

1991, Director: Martin, Catherine Anne, McTaggart, Kimberlee

excerpt 2      1 min 41 s



Artist Shirley Bear says that only works of art leave a trace in human history. They tell the story of a given period. Our leaders have to recognize the importance of art and the role of the artist.

Questions 1. What does Shirley Bear believe is the primary function of her art?

2. For Shirley Bear, the artist as historian is the critical role to be played by an Aboriginal artist. Do you agree?

About This Film

Short Description

Eight Mi’kmaq and Maliseet artists from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia talk about the role of art and the artist. They describe their influences and sources of inspiration and note the close bond between art and spirituality.

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