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Item Name: Painting
Title: The Grand Entry
Maker: Darren Desnomie
Year: 1993
Country: Canadian
Materials: acrylic on canvas
Measurements: overall: 138 cm x 213 cm
ID Number: PC2000.1

Extended Label Info: The Grand Entry, painted in the Woodland Cree style, invokes the colour and majesty of the opening ceremonies for a powwow celebration. The procession in this painting depicts the elders and dancers who open the pow-wow. First, the Eagle Staff enters followed by flags, and then to the sound of the drum, the head dancers enter: Men's Traditional, Men's Grass Dance, Men's Fancy, Women's Traditional, Women's Jingle, and Women's Fancy, followed by the younger dancers in the same order. In this painting, the regalia or costumes of the three dancers suggest the first two are dressed for Men’s Traditional dancing, followed by a dancer in a Women’s Jingle dress. Darren Desnomie is a Cree artist from the Peepeekisis First Nation at Balcarres, Saskatchewan in Treaty 4 territory. He studied at First Nations University of Canada (then known as SIFC). Based in Regina, Desnomie also holds a Certificate in Addictions Counselling from SIAST (2012) and works with youth. This painting was purchased for the Albert library collection from the artist following an exhibition held at the historic Albert Branch library in partnership with the First Nations University of Canada (SIFC).

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