Last Breath and more art by Chantal Chagnon

Last Breath, 2018
90 x 36 x 36 inch (h x w x d)
Mixed Media (piping
deer and bison rawhide
cedar and red willow branches)

Born in winter 2018, she is updated each year to grow like a real tree.

Rawhide Tree was created utilizing modern manufactured elements of Piping from a Dishwasher and Cardboard Carpet Tube. The Natural elements are Moose, Deer, Elk and Buffalo Rawhide, with Cedar & Red Willow Branches. Ensuring to harvest honourably in a traditional way, we begin by asking permission, giving tobacco to the land, remembering our place in the Relationship, and Honouring Our Mother Earth, the Plants and the Animals lives as part of this Creation with humble gratitude.

As a child, when I would be on the land or camping with my family, we were told if we got lost to hug a tree until we were found. This teaching not only helped us stay in one spot, but reminded us of the family connection we had to the trees, and the simple act of hugging a tree slows our heart rate, we naturally take deeper breaths, calming us and helping us reconnect to Mother Earth.  The path we are on, we are forgetting the value of our relationships, the importance of the Sacred Breath we share with the Standing People (the Trees), the Animals, the Plants, and each other.

We need to remember our roots and the teachings of our ancestors, which are in the lives all around us. This reminds us to Breathe before it is too late to find our way home.
All My Relations

Cree, Ojibwe, Métis

Chantal is a Cree Ojibwe Métis Singer, Drummer, Artist, Storyteller, Actor, Educator, Workshop Facilitator, Social Justice Advocate and Activist with roots in Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan. She shares Traditional Indigenous Songs, Stories, Culture, History, Arts, Crafts and Teachings. Chantal has presented at Conferences, Conventions, Galas, Fundraisers, Community, Social Justice Events and in Classrooms from Preschool through University. She has performed at the National Music Centre, Saddle Dome, Jubilee Auditorium, Jack Singer Concert Hall, and many other stages showcasing Storytelling, Traditional and Contemporary Indigenous Music, as well as Modern Music in Collaboration with various Bands and Artists. Chantal aims to entertain, engage, enlighten, educate, and inspire everyone she meets.

A single mother of two boys, and adopted twin girls, she understands societal struggle first hand. Chantal has been an activist, advocate for her community, professional performer and a staunch crusader for causes close to her heart. She is active within many social justice causes, including Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW), Women’s Rights, and Environmental Initiatives. She regularly organizes events and shares, singing, drumming, speaking, presenting, and teaching within the community, with a focus on building allies and alliances. Chantal Chagnon is passionate about building awareness and sharing understanding of Indigenous culture, spirituality, social justice and political issues. She creates opportunities for cooperation, education, and empowerment everywhere she can.

Chantal recognizes sharing culture and building community is an integral part of building bridges of understanding and acceptance. Chantal is a compassionate woman, who believes that a healthier, fairer, more sustainable Canada is possible as we make decisions for future generations to come.

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