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


This film profiles a number of Micmac and Maliseet artists from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, showing their similarities and differences, samples of their work and the sources of their inspiration. It offers a remarkable look at native art and spirituality in Atlantic Canada.

Director: Catherine Anne Martin
Director: Kimberlee McTaggart
Producer: Kent Nason
Photography: Kent Nason
Producer: Germaine Ying Gee Wong
Producer: Sami Fareed Ahmed
Writing: Barry Cowling
Sound: Arthur McKay
Editing: Kimberlee McTaggart
Sound: Jane Porter
Sound: Hans Peter Strobl
Voice and Narration: Rocky Paul Wiseman
Music: Steve Tittle

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