Walking With Our Sisters

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Walking With Our Sisters

Walking With Our Sisters is a commemorative art installation to honour the lives of the 600+ missing and murdered Indigenous sisters. Over 700 people have committed to making a pair of moccasin 'vamps' ('uppers') for this art installation that will travel to over 13 galleries across the country.

Please join Walking With Our Sisters facebook group page if you would like to contribute a pair. The due date for the work to be completed and delivered is July 15, 2013. All caring souls are welcome to contribute work.

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Comment by ROSE on April 26, 2014 at 2:36pm

Comment by ROSE on April 26, 2014 at 2:35pm

A Commemorative Art Installation for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Canada

Over 600+ native women in Canada are reported missing or murdered in the last 20 years. Many vanished without a trace with inadequate inquiry into their disappearance or slaying paid by the media, the general public, politicians and even law enforcement. This is a travesty of justice.

Walking With Our Sisters

Walking With Our Sisters is a commemorative art installation of 600+ moccasin vamps (tops) created and donated by hundreds of caring and concerned individuals to draw attention to this injustice. The large collaborative art piece will be made available to the public through selected galleries and locations. The work exists as a floor installation made up of beaded vamps arranged in a winding path formation on fabric and includes cedar boughs. Viewers remove their shoes to walk on a path of cloth alongside the vamps throughout the duration of the exhibition.

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. Collectively together the vamps represent all 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, they are missing and they have not been forgotten.
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Comment by ROSE on February 9, 2013 at 9:24am

Walking with Our Sisters

These beautiful vamps were created by Angela Swedberg who posted them on facebook with these deeply touching words:

I just finished my vamps. I have to say this was a very personal project for me. I am a survivor, so I know how your life can be changed in a instant at the hands of a stranger. I am still shaking actually.

The left hand figure represents the murdered women and the right hand the missing. These are done on brain tanned pigment painted moose hide, using cut 13/0 charlottes and also 24 K. gold and Sterling silver plated beads.
I wanted the scene to give the feeling of the darkness these women have had put upon them. And that their souls are now in the heavens.

Again, It was a honor to participate in remembering these women and also the families whom such loss has been visited on. I pray this exhibit will effect change and we don't have to think of murdered and missing women again.

 

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