JULIA ROSE SUTHERLAND





Legal Indian 2019

Medium: Porcupine quills and felt blanket
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A’su’n (Aa-suun) 2019

“Blanket”Porcupine quills and felt

Recontextualizing and exploring the identity of the Hudson Bay Blanket with the addition of quillwork embroidery (Traditionally used by Mi'kmaq peoples.)The Hudson Bay Blanket is a Canadian staple, well known for its history in trade, the role they played the spread of smallpox and the construction of the colonial Canadian identity.

This work is about reclaiming, researching material process and decolonization. This work progressed into Tryptic series of quill worked blankets which featured the Mi’Kmaq flag, the 8-pointed star and the work ANGO’TG (To care for).

With this series, I am highlighting the eight-pointed star, an important symbol to Mi'kmaq people which centres the earth, human and celestial.

While also highlighting the Hudson Bay Pinstriped blanket and its approbation of colours that were inspired by the eight-pointed star and the blanket on the right showcasing the Mi'kmaq flag after contact with colonization which then had clearly adopted the Christain religion in order to survive.