Thursday, January 30, 2014

Métis Nation of Canada Matryoshka

Métis Nation of Canada Matryoshka
As promised, my Métis Nation of Canada Matryoshka is now complete and listed in my shop! There are so many wonderful cultures in Canada it was very difficult to choose the first one to draw. I decided to go with Métis after reading about their history. One source I found "Métis Nation of Ontario" has an explanation entitled, "Who are the Métis" and "Symbols and Traditions". Another source of Métis cultural history is "Our Legacy".

The Métis became known as the "Flower Beadwork People" because of the floral pattern beadwork the Métis women created. The website for the University of Oregon's Museum of Natural and Cultural History explains the history of their beadwork in a page entitled "Métis Textiles". Further explanation of the symbols used in the beadwork can be found here: "Metis Beadwork".

I have so enjoyed my research for my Métis Nation of Canada Matryoshka! I found so many wonderful images and videos around the web and pinned them to a board here.



nadine said...

I'm so happy your first Canadian is from the Metis nation! The two main aboriginal groups in Manitoba where I grew up are Cree and Metis. You might enjoy Googling "Festival du Voyageur" a big winter celebration in Winnipeg that celebrates the area's fur trading and Metis history.
Lovely drawing :-)

Amy Perrotti said...

Hi Nadine! I'm so glad you like her. Thank you for the link. That is awesome! :)