This installation was designed, constructed and painted by Stoney Nakoda students of Chiniki College with support from guest artist AJA Louden, supported by the Whyte Museum, the town of Canmore, and the Calgary Foundation. Chiniki knowledge keeper Lloyd (Buddy) Wesley, helped guide the concept and the inclusion of the Stoney Nakoda language in the artwork.
Each face of the mural cube represents a season in Treaty 7 territory - the Stoney Nakoda language name for the corresponding season is at the top of each side of the cube, and the faces of the cube face in the four cardinal directions. Each face of the cube shows a hand, based on the hands of students at the college, performing an activity related to the season.
The goals of the project include helping build the capacity to create murals by Stoney Nakoda artists in Treaty 7 territory and to connect communities through public art. As part of the Whyte Museum's programming, Building Bridges within the Cultural Trade Route enhances the Indigenous perspective within the Museum’s programs, exhibitions, operations, and governance.
The Artists and Assistants