Artists Lorne Kequahtooway and Joely BigEagle-Kequahtooway will teach students about the history of buffalo in North America. Lorne begins the discussion with a smudge of sage and invites all students/staff/teachers to participate. They explain the purpose of smudging ceremony.
Students will then create their own buffalo flags/banners to celebrate their role in shaping the current environment, while reflecting on the lesson.
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Joely BigEagle-Kequahtooway is an interdisciplinary artist whose main source of inspiration is Tatanga aka Buffalo. She is a fashion and textile designer, visual artist, beader, storyteller and co-founder of the Buffalo People Arts Institute. She comes from a long line of Buffalo hunters and is Nakota/Cree/Saulteaux from the White Bear First Nations – signatory to Treaty 4. She has degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Calgary and Mathematics from the First Nations University of Canada. She loves to incorporate mathematics and geometry in her artwork and is inspired by the perfect symmetry in nature. Her mantra envelops everything Buffalo as it connects her to ancestral memories, the land and is the manifestational glue that keeps her world together.
Originally from Treaty 4 area, Zagimē Anishnabēk, Lorne Kequahtooway is dedicated to sharing and preserving his culture with others in Saskatchewan.
Lorne is a co-founder of Buffalo People Arts Institute where he currently works full time as an Artist. He teaches cultural awareness through storytelling and community engagement around an interactive buffalo hide-tanning experience. He was part of the Management Team of Tatanka Boutique and prior to that his experience includes 18 years in the IT Industry as Entrepreneur, Solutions Architect and Project Management.