“My aim is to breathe life into the continuance of traditional Indigenous arts. I research each piece with the guidance of knowledge keepers.”
My work speaks about my experience as a nêhiyaw (Plains Cree) woman. It is an expression of the natural world and represents my cultural traditions. I strive to communicate Indigenous world views in a contemporary manner. My aim is to breathe life into the continuance of traditional Indigenous arts. I research each piece with the guidance of knowledge keepers. The designs I choose represent my culture, family and personal life. My hope is that my work will cultivate a greater awareness in society with respect to Indigenous cultures in Canada.
For my latest piece "Nîpihikân Pimâtisiwin: Flower Life", I was inspired by the Cree Hoods that were first recorded in 1670 and worn by my ancestors. Generally, married women would wear them in hunting rituals or other ceremonies. “Nîpihikân Pimâtisiwin: Flower Life", represents my life journey. The designs emblematize periods of cultural growth. One of the flowers depicted in the piece is the wild rose as it symbolizes my cultural nation in Alberta. I've created this piece during the course of my first pregnancy. I've explored the traditional roles of mothers and wives from an Indigenous perspective. This work embodies Indigenous womanhood and connection to mother nature. Furthermore, it highlights cultural continuance and the transfer of Indigenous knowledge from one generation to the next.
Kristen Auger is a fine craft artist from Bigstone Cree Nation living in Fort St. John, B.C.