Photo by May Shi @mmayshi
Metis woman side portrait with braided hair with negative space as circle and blue gradient on both sides of the portrait.
Artist(s): Jesse Campbell

Nakoshiw – Emerge

Completed: 2022

“This piece was created to reflect the emergence of a new generation of Métis and Métis artists reconnecting with their culture, homelands, medicines, and Kin. Riel is often referenced and quoted when it comes to the emergence and depiction of our people. In this mural I wanted to reference my Cousin Valarie Campbell as a young matriarch.

The grey pallet is a reference to a glacial erratic deposit known as Big Rock near Okotoks. Given that this rock originated in the Gog formation of the rocky mountains during the great uplift and came to where it sits now from massive glacial movement It seemed like a good reference for the Métis diaspora. We have blood from many nations and have always lived on the lands of other indigenous people. In doing so we’ve become a part of many communities and it is our responsibility to work and live in a good way. The circle is lined with beads in the mousetracks pattern to acknowledge this tradition.”

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Part of YYC BUMP (Beltline Urban Murals Project)
Funded by TD Canada Trust

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Where to Find This Mural

Location: 901 10 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta T2R 0B5, Canada Get Directions