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Morning Prayers and more art by Sam Bighetty

Morning Prayers, 2021
8 x 10 x 3 inch (h x w x d)
Acrylic on stone

As the sun rises above the dawn horizon
I wonder how my ancestors experienced the world around them
As they peered out of their lodge each morning
Clear skies.
Beautiful cosmos.
Skies undisrupted by light pollution.
The sounds of distant cars absent.
When Eagle flew by
What prayers did he carry to Creator?
It is my morning prayer
To be in harmony
With all the plant and animal nations.

SAM BIGHETTY
Cree, Pukatawagan First Nation, MB

Sam Bighetty is Woodland Cree from Pukatawagan First Nation, MB, although he now calls Calgary home. He started drawing when he was 14 years old and has been painting since he was 20. He comes from a long line of family artists, and grew up watching other family members drawing and painting before trying it himself. His older brother Peter Bighetty recognized Sam's talent with drawing and was instrumental in helping him learn to paint. He works in ink or acrylic depicting animals, warriors and instruments filled with scenery, all in brilliant colours. Every painting contains symbolism to honour women, to recognize a life well lived or a life of hardship and spirituality. Sam has participated in many shows in Alberta, Winnipeg, Regina and Toronto. He produces commissions, such as designs for tattoos, clothing including the design for a 2017 t-shirt for Canada 150 and was the illustrator for a comic book. One of his pieces was featured in Colouring it Forward 2018 Indigenous Art Calendar. Sam also collaborated with an author Joey Podlubny on a book about reconciliation "The Spiritual Journey Within the Four Directions of Reconciliation.” Sam loves the way people react to his paintings. It makes him very happy to give them that enjoyment.



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more from Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society

Rita Therese, 2020
100 x 40 x 2 inch (h x w x d)
Mixed Media (acrylic and satin ribbon on canvas)

Head First Into the Storm, 2021
24 x 18 x 1.5 inch (h x w x d)
Mixed Media artwork (plant materials)
Photograph on canvas

Remnants, 2021
25 x 25.5 x 2 inch (h x w x d)
Mixed Media (Caribou hair
deer antler
moosehide
6 HBC blanket scraps
wolf willow seeds
aspen branches
1 Pendleton blanket scrap)

We Hold Each Other, 2021
35 x 25 x 4 inch (h x w x d)
Sculpture (bark
Chains
strings
nail
thumbtacks
tape)

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