Walking with our Sisters: A 2014 Travelling Commemorative Art Installation

Moccasin Vamps Walking with Our Sisters 2014

Moccasin Vamps, Nathalie Bertin – Métis

Unfinished Moccasin Vamps, Symbolizing Unfinished Lives. This commemorative art installation travelling in Canada in 2014 honours the over 600 Murdered and Missing Women in Canada, many of them aboriginal women. The locations so far for this travelling commemorative installation are the locations for the tour are: Haida Gwaii, BC; Maple Ridge, BC; Regina, SK; Parry Sound, ON; Winnipeg, MB; Aurora, ON; Batoche, SK; Saskatoon, SK;  Thunder Bay, ON.

http://www.aboriginalcuratorialcollective.org/research-page/podcasts/interview-with-christi-belcourt-contributing-artist-and-coordinator-for-walking-with-our-sisters/

More than 600 indigenous women and girls in Canada have gone missing or have been murdered in the past 20 years. Many have vanished without a trace with little concern for their disappearance or murder paid by the media, the general public, politicians and even law enforcement. This is a travesty of justice.

Moccasin Vamps, Betty Inglis of Fairbanks, Alaska

Moccasin Vamps, Betty Inglis of Fairbanks, Alaska

Walking With Our Sisters is a commemorative art installation of over 600 moccasin vamps (tops) that are being created by hundreds of caring and concerned people to create one large collaborative art piece that will be installed for the public in various galleries and sites. This project is about these women, paying respect to their lives and existence on this earth. They are not forgotten. They are sisters, mothers, aunties, daughters, cousins, grandmothers, wives and partners. They have been cared for, they have been loved, and they are missing.  Each pair of vamps represents one missing or murdered indigenous woman.  The unfinished moccasins represent the unfinished lives of the women whose lives were cut short by murder. Along with hundreds of other artists in Canada, Christi Belcourt is currently beading pairs of vamps (the tops of moccasins) to honor indigenous women.
Posted by Dorothy Lander
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~ by artpoped on January 10, 2014.

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