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Item Name: Painting
Title: Unknown
Maker: Darren Desnomie
Year: n.d.
Country: Canadian
Materials: acrylic on canvas
Measurements: in frame: 25 in x 21 in; work: 14 in x 10 in
ID Number: PC95.7
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: Painted in an expressionistic style, this portrait of a powwow dancer shows the regalia of Men’s Traditional Northern dancer, which can include beaded vests, arm bands, shields, and head pieces such as a porcupine roach. Usually a single, circular bustle made of eagle feathers is worn on the back. Most dancers carry a staff or dancing stick. The colours and designs symbolize the dancer’s clan, or represent their name. This painting is part of a series commissioned from the artist by the Albert Community Library Committee in 1995. 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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