Tuesday, November 15, 2011

New Welcome Signs at Red Lake by Artist Patrick Desjarlait

Four new signs welcome visitors to the Red Lake Nation.  The color pencil and ink artwork was created by Red Lake artist and High School art teacher, Patrick Desjarlait (right).  The artwork is entitled "The Council of Clans" and features the symbols of the Seven Clans at Red Lake:  Makwa (Bear), Mikinaak (Turtle), Awazisii (Bullhead), Waabizheshi (Marten), Migizi (Eagle), Ojiig (Fisher) and Ogiishkimanisii (Kingfisher).  You can here our interview with Patrick here. 

Patrick's dad, also named Patrick, was an acclaimed artist. Red Lake people and traditions were themes in much of his art like "Women and Blueberries" (above). 

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