Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Scout’s Honour


October 10, 2009 – January 31, 2010

In August 2006, artists Michael Belmore and Frank Shebageget set out on an expedition to explore the social, environmental and cultural landscape of Northern Ontario. The artists embarked to analyze and unravel their interrelated histories within this traditional Anishnaabe (Ojibwe) territory. They observed many changes to the land: some lake levels were a great deal lower, fields had grown in, forests were lost either to fire or clear cutting, while others were thick with new growth. On their journey, they collected materials and documented sites using digital photography, sketches, notes and video.

Their resulting works, fittingly forged from natural materials such as silver, copper, steel, stone and wood, and heavily influenced by Anishnaabe (Ojibwe) tradition and relationships to the land, explore notions of cultural and geographical identity. Within the context of Scout’s Honour, curator Ryan Rice situates their work within the tradition of First Nations scouting alongside the values of the contemporary Boy Scout movement.

A number of special events are being planned around the exhibition including a public opening reception on Friday, October 9, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Museum and a Museum Members’ lunch with exhibit curator Ryan Rice on November 7, 12 noon also at the Museum. The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts is located at 108 Cathedral Place in downtown Santa Fe.