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Fire Over Water Exhibit Opening

June 18 @ 7:00 pm June 17 @ 9:00 pm

We are pleased to welcome Artist and Wyandot Faith Keeper, Catherine Tàmmaro, and Professor Kathryn Magee Labelle of the University of Saskatchewan for the grand opening of the Fire Over Water art exhibit in the Deer Clan Longhouse at Crawford Lake this weekend.

Fire Over Water is an immersive exhibit by Catherine Tàmmaro. Featuring original paintings, multi-media works, music, and video, Fire Over Water honours the Wendat/Wyandot diaspora represented in Dr. Kathryn Magee Labelle’s recently released book, Daughter’s of Aataentsic: Life Stories From Seven Generations.

Join us for the grand opening on Saturday, June 18 at 7PM to meet the artist, Professor Labelle, and learn more about the history of the Wendat/Wyandot/Wyandotte people. Light refreshments will be served. Make your reservation at Crawford Lake below.

The exhibit will run from June 19 to December 31 on weekends and holidays, and daily July 1 to September 4, 2022.

Crawford Lake Conservation Area is pleased to present Fire Over Water, an immersive exhibit by Wyandot artist and Faith Keeper Catherine Tàmmaro. Featuring original paintings, multi-media works, music, and video, Fire Over Water honours the Wendat/Wyandot diaspora represented in Dr. Kathryn Magee Labelle’s recently released book, Daughter’s of Aataentsic: Life Stories From Seven Generations.

“Focused on Wendat/Wyandot women and their connection to their Ancestors, the lands and waters; the Great Mystery, our kin in the Natural World and our precious relationships to each other across time and the Wendat Confederacy, this exhibit will offer insight into our dispersal, placemaking, Motherwork, our Narratives and more, in a multimedia presentation” ~ Artist Catherine Tàmmaro

About Catherine Tàmmaro

Taomesre ~ People of the Little Turtle, Wyandot of Anderdon Nation; Wendat ConfederacyCatherine Tàmmaro is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practise spans decades.

Catherine is a seated Spotted Turtle Clan FaithKeeper and is active throughout the City of Toronto and beyond, in many organizations as Elder in Residence, Mentor, Teacher and Cultural Advisor. She is an alumna of the Ontario College of Art and has had a diverse career, multiple exhibits and installations, published written works and presentations and continues her creative practise.

Catherine actively supports the work and development of other artists on an ongoing basis. She served on the Board of the TAC, TAC’s Income Precarity Working Group and was the Chair of the Toronto Arts Council’s Indigenous Advisory Committee in 2020/21 and is the new Indigenous Arts Program Manager at Toronto Arts Council and continues teaching, learning and exploring her creativity and that of others.

About Dr. Kathryn Magee Labelle

Dr. Kathryn Labelle is a Professor of Indigenous history in North America at the University of Saskatchewan and an honorary member of the Wyandot Nation of Kansas. Her research centres on the Wendat/Wyandot/Huron communities with particular interest in settler colonialism, Indigenous identity and the experiences of women from the seventeenth century to the present. In addition to publishing articles on Wendat child-rearing, warfare, and leadership, Labelle is the author of the award-winning book Dispersed, But Not Destroyed: A History of the Seventeenth Century Wendat People (UBC Press, 2013). She also co-edited with Thomas Peace From Huronia to Wendakes: Adversity, Migration, and Resilience, 1650-1900 (UO Press, 2016). Her latest book publication, in collaboration with the Wendat/Wandat Women’s Advisory Council, is entitled: Daughters of Aataentsic: Life Stories from Seven Generations (MQUP, 2021). She is currently the co-editor of Ethnohistory, the flagship journal for the American Society for Ethnohistory.

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