Art is not just in us, it is us

An excellent quote from Sarain Stump, a Shoshone-Cree poet and artist from Wyoming, later co-ordinator of the Indian art program at the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural College:

Art is us, with our frustrations and hopes, with all of our good and bad feelings. Through art, we can make ourselves clearly understood beyond the barriers of time and space . . . beyond the inhibitions of language. Our art is us as Indian people and its rebirth will be one of the major forces for our people’s rebirth.

Whether we are of First Nations decent or otherwise, our art is our own unique form of expression. It gives us strength and confidence in who we are. It enables us to explore the roots of our being, our culture, our history, and to share those discoveries with the world. And it provides us with a safe outlet for expressing and releasing long-held emotions and experiences, and therefore serves an important healing function.

For these reasons and more, art deserves a place in our lives.

Your art is an essential part of who you are. Please let it shine.

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2 Comments to “Art is not just in us, it is us”

  1. Sarain was a friend of mine. His tragic death was a great shock. I also treasure his book, “There is my people sleeping”. I taught children’s art classes at the Mendel Art Gallery. I often invited Sarain, as a guest teacher, to show how native symbolism was used in art. He is greatly missed. ~ Dennis

    • Dennis,
      Thank you for your lovely comment and for sharing your memory of Sarain. People like this make a difference in the world; you are fortunate to have known him. Cheers, Caroline

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