Whetung Ojibwa Centre
Not Forgotten Scarf
Infinity Shawls measure 72cm x 175cm (Circumference)
Whetung's joins Maxine Noel in her support of Sisters in Spirit, an initiative, led by First Nations Women, that addresses the alarming rate of violence against Aboriginal Women and Girls in Canada.
Whetung Ojibwa Centre will donate $1 for every Not Forgotten Art Card, Scarf, Mug and Coaster Set sold, as well as $10 for every Not Forgotten Limited Edition Print sold.
Maxine, who is a member of the Sioux Nation, will donate all royalties earned from sales of her work Not Forgotten to Sister in Spirit initiative. She specifically created this painting Not Forgotten, to remember and honour the spirits and presence of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.
Maxine's objective in creating Not Forgotten is to raise awareness and money for the cause which fights to end violence against Aboriginal women and girls throughout Canada.
The Story Behind Not Forgotten in Maxine's words:
"Our mothers and daughters, sisters and aunties and grandmothers. Our women are our heart and our spirit, always honoured, never forgotten. I am Dakota Sioux, a woman and mother, and an artist, These are inseparable facets of who I am and how I live in the world. That world, the world we all live and move in, is a place of great and terrible beauty, of wonder and tragedy."
"In this painting, Not Forgotten, I speak to that wonder and beauty and tragedy. To capture both the wonder and the tragedy, I wanted to include motifs which connect with all the places and our peoples live."
"Turning first to the West Coast peoples, I am honoured to have been allowed to include the moon image of my friend, artist and visionary Roy Henry Vickers, an image I first encountered in his illustrations for Dave Bouchard's The Elders Are Watching."
"From the North, I incorporated the image of Sedna, the source of all the creatures of the sea. I have always been drawn to the shell and bead work of the Maliseet and other East Coast peoples and in this painting, have echoed the fluidity and grace of their compelling designs."
"The two feathers acknowledge the Metis and the people of the grasslands and woodlands of the plains and forests."
"Finally, the floating figures throughout the painting are the spirits and the presence of the missing and murdered women. "
"Missing but never lost, Always present, always remembered."