Ancestral Portraits: The Colour of My People

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University of Calgary Press, 2002 - Art - 95 pages
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A richly illustrated retrospective of the life and art of Woodland Cree painter, Frederick R McDonald. In three parts: an introduction by human ecologist, Karim-Aly S Kassam; an accessible autobiographical recounting of McDonald's life and art; a full-colour section of 61 colour reproductions. The book offers a candid and refreshing work that is honest, raw, and at times, humourous. With one foot in the world of his ancestral peoples, and the other in the realm of contemporary Canadian society, McDonald paints from a unique perspective and uses his art to convey a First Nations message to viewers and readers. This is the first in University of Calgary Press's 'Art in Profile' series, which aims to raise the profile of regional artists.
  

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Contents

Preface
viii
Acknowledgments
x
In the Beginning
1
In the beginning there are only thoughts
4
Thoughts on First Nations Art Some on Politics
9
My Grandfather My Brother and a River
12
High School and Beyond
18
On the Art of Travelling
24
On Personal Promises
38
Indians First
40
Then Commerce
42
Of Colour and Light
46
At the End a Beginning
50
In the Other World
55
Ancestors Still Talk
65
Other Thoughts on Other Things
75

Canada
26
Australia
30
SegregationsReservations
34
Way Up North
85
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

Fredierick R. McDonald, a Woodland Cree painter born in Fort McMurray, Alberta, is concerned about the written and visual history of his people. He uses his art to communicate the culture and spirituality of his ancestors.

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