Ancestral Portraits: The Colour of My People

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University of Calgary Press, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 95 pages
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Ancestral Portraits is a retrospective of the art and life of Frederick R. McDonald, one of Albertas most exciting Alberta First Nations artists working today, and a celebration of a rich Cree heritage. 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 communicate the culture and spirituality of his ancestors. As the first book in the Art in Profile series, Ancestral Portraits is a journey into the creative world of one of Canada's up and coming First Nations 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
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About the author (2002)

Frederick R. McDonald is a Woodland Cree painter born in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Leaving his aboriginal way of life, he came to Calgary, where he earned his MFA at the University of Calgary. McDonald is passionate about the written and visual history of his people.

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