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Sherry Farrell Racette

Dr. Sherry Farrell Racette (Native Studies and Women's and Gender Studies) is a scholar, writer, artist, curator and educator. Farrell Racette, an interdisciplinary scholar, has a background in art history, education, history, anthropology and native studies. Farrell Racette, who is of First Nations and Irish descent and a member of Timiskaming First Nation in Quebec,has an active arts practice which includes painting and multimedia works, as well as illustrator work for a number of children’s books. In her research, Farrell Racette focuses on Métis and First Nations women’s history, and in particular, reconstructing indigenous art histories that recontextualize museum collections and reclaim women’s voices and lives.

Clearing a Path: New Ways of Seeing Traditional Indigenous Art
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;

The first book, Clearing a Path: New Ways of Seeing Traditional Indigenous Art, is edited by First Nations University of Canada scholar Carmen Robertson and noted Saskatchewan Métis artist and scholar, Sherry Farrell Racette.

"In 2005, as part of the province's centennial celebrations, the Saskatchewan Arts Board contracted Carmen Robertson and Sherry Farrell Racette to curate an exhibition which would bring together a diverse group of contemporary artists working in traditional Indigenous media," says Brian Mlazgar, publications manager of the CPRC. "When Clearing a Path opened in November of that year, few could have predicted the strength of its work. More than three years later, the exhibition continues to flourish and tour."

The exhibition catalogue includes photographs of the works and brief biographies of the 21 participating artists. Artists' statements for many of the pieces provide unique insight into the artistic process and the artist's connection to his or her history and traditions. In two introductory essays, Robertson and Farrell Racette explore the history of traditional artists and their art: the criminalization of indigenous arts and ceremonies, the subsequent loss of culture through colonization and more recently, the struggle to have their work considered "art" rather than "handicraft."

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$29.95

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maskisina: A Guide to Northern-Style Métis Moccasins
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Métis;

maskisina: A Guide to Northern-Style Métis Moccasins is a follow-up to the highly successful wapikwaniy: A Beginner’s Guide to Métis Floral Beadwork. Much like wapikwaniy, maskisina guides readers, step-by-step, on how to create their very own moccasins. It contains detailed photographs along with each step. It also includes a historic overview of moccasins by Sherry Farrell Racette. Patterns for cutting the correct sizes for the soles and vamps are included in the book.

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$24.95

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wâpikwaniy: A Beginner’s Guide to Métis Floral Beadwork
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Métis;

wâpikwaniy: A Beginner’s Guide to Métis Floral Beadwork is a step-by-step guide book and DVD video which provides information and instruction on Métis floral beadwork. The guide is intended for beginning beaders and includes an historical overview by Sherry Farrell Racette, followed by instructions on basic beading, supply lists and options, techniques and hints, and examples of traditional and contemporary beadwork. Patterns are included in the book.

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$24.95

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The Flower Beadwork People
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Métis;

A vibrantly-illustrated social history of the Métis by artist Sherry Farrell Racette, this book was originally produced as a special project to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the 1885 Resistance. Complete with a glossary, it can be used as a class text, or a storybook. This book is also suitable for use in studying Canada’s Aboriginal peoples.

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$15.00

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