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


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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