Beads and viruses go hand-in-hand; new diseases and goods that traders brought to the Americas. I am alarmed by the contaminated water issues that are faced by many First Nation communities across Canada. I have beaded magnified bacterium and parasites that are found in the 94 First Nations that currently have boil water advisories. I have put these into resin inside glasses of all sizes.
Ruth Cuthand is a visual artists and bead worker, Plains Cree, from Little Pine First Nation, Saskatchewan.