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 1      2 min 18 s



Mi’kmaq painter Leonard Paul says that he draws his inspiration from the places of his childhood. According to him, Native art is hard to define. It can take various shapes and be inspired not only by ancestors and traditions, but by everything around us.

Questions 1. Leonard Paul believes that part of himself becomes part of the subject in his paintings. How is this possible, and what do you think he means?

2. When asked to define Native art, Leonard Paul responds that it is partly an expression of Native ancestry and, more importantly, a product of one’s environment. Express in your own words a meaningful definition of Native art.

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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