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We feed the fire of successful communities by giving voice - especially a visual voice.  To this ideal I do workshops, murals and a few 'artist in residence' stays yearly, mostly by choice in remote Indigenous communities. 

When Indigenous education budgets get reduced or cut, it is usually the creative arts resources that are reduced.  So continuing with my development of 'accessable art  processes' using easily obtainable using inexpensive and available resources.  Like bleach and meat wrapping paper.  Not just youth, adults too have a need and voice, thus all ages of people can benefit from Zaka'.

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SELF-REFLECTION, SELF-AWARENESS, GROWTH: This workshop isn’t just about how to draw or how to hold a pencil, it is about how to use art as a safe tool for reflection, self-awareness, healing and growth.

In the Zaka workshop art is taught as a tool for prople to continue to express and explore their inner and outer world. After this workshop, the learners will be able to visually express ideas that cannot be voiced in a spoken or written language, especially the language of a non- Indigenous dominant culture. Art can also take pain and transform it, so as it is not transmitted out into our communities using anti-social or unhealthy words, actions and decisions.

Zaka’, ‘feeding the fire’ - is the philosophy behind this art workshop, tailored with diverse learning blocks for Indigenous groups and communities, grounded upon culturally responsive teaching to feed the visual language fire inherited by all Indigenous people. Those who attend share an engaging process of teaching and demonstration; it is mostly ‘hands- on’ work by the participants, providing them a positive creative experience in an affirmative inspiring fashion. We begin creating art immediately, and focus on enjoyable familiar subjects augmented with specific history of Indigenous Art and Artist in Canada. blue line

B w poster   HS  A member of the Sandy Bay Ojibwe Nation in Manitoba, culture teachings form part of what is known to be a consistent positive workshop. He lives off grid and is much at home in remote communities or more urban teaching locations.

Bruce Barry is an Ojibwe visual artist known best for his art on the Movie poster for Clint Eastwood’s film Indian Horse. His work is collected internationally in public and private collections. He is much requested to attend communities and teach art skills to both youth and adults using accessible, and local natural materials. Economical materials, especially in remote communities allow for those who attended to continue to use their new skills. Not only do those attending his workshops make wearable art that is a statement of personal and community identity, but they also learn how cultural awareness can be a foundation for a healthy and full life.

The visual world reflects our lived life. Symbolic expression can be a powerful tool in life – images and colours can inspire and create a solid footing for beliefs and objectives in ones life. Art can empower people to have a voice. Much of the challenges in life are reflected in creating art, and for Indigenous people who are a visual people, art makes their world better.

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