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Pat Bruderer | Biting Back: Our Cultural Resilience

Pat Bruderer | Biting Back: Our Cultural Resilience

Start: February 2, 2024 5:00 pm
End: March 16, 2024 9:00 pm
Galleries: Main


Kâwi Tahkwahtîtân: Kisihcikîwin Sâsîpîhtamowin / Biting Back: Our Cultural Resilience

February 2, 2024 – March 16, 2024

Opening reception: Friday, February 2 from 5 pm to 9 pm.

Artist Talk & Livestream: Saturday, February 3 from 3 pm to 4 pm 

Opening Blessing at 3 pm by Carolyn Moar (Elder).


Pat Bruderer, âpihtawi-tipiskâwî-pîsim iskwîw


âskaw wawîsihcikîwin osihtâhk micihcîhk, ôma wawîsihcikîwin mîpita osci. waskwayahtik tahkwahtamowina anihi masinâstîwina. nanâtohk isinâkwanwa osci nipimâtisiwinihk. ninihtâwikin ikwa nitôpikin ikota Churchill, Manitoba ikospîhk 1950’s. niwâhkômâkanak ohci Southend Reindeer Lake, Saskatchewan. nikâwiy sâsîpîthihtamowin mistahi niwîcihik ikwa otahcahkoma nitahâw pikwîta kîkway kâ-osihtâthân. nîtha osci Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation, nîthinân  Assin’skowitiniwak (Rocky Cree). nikiskinwahamâson wawîsihcikîwin isi athiwâk nistomitanaw askîtha waskway tahkwahtowina itôtamowin. niwawîsihcikîwina pikwîtî miskâcikâtîwa isi kathâsiwikamikwa, wawîsihcikîwikamikwa, ikwa pîthaki mâwacihicikanihk misawî miskinâk ministik ikwa pikwîta askîhk mîna: USA, Switzerland, France, ikwa Italy.

mîna kâ-kiskinwahamawakik wawîsihcikîwin isi kîsi ohpikiwak ikwa awâsisak, nipimipathitân wawîsihcikîwin atâwîwikamik ikotî Nakusp, BC. ni-mâci-oski-wawîsihcikîwina anihi sihcikîwin kinwâpahcikîwin isihkâtîk ‘kâwi tahkwahtîtân  kisihcikîwin sâsîpîhtamowin’, ikwa misawî kathâsiwikamikohk ikwa wawîsihcikîwin atâwîwikamikwa ikospîhk 2022. mistahi nitahkonîn ôma kathâsi wawîsihcikîwin mîna anihi mihcît kiskinwahamâkîwina. nithâ ôma ohkâwîthmâw, kookoom isi mihcît ikwa niwahkômâkana ahkami ispathinwa. Isi sihcikîwin sâsîpîhtamowin, kâwi nitahkwahtîn.




Pat Bruderer, Halfmoon Woman


While some art is made from the hand, this art is made with the teeth. Birch bark bitings are an imprint. Illumination and shadow, teeth and bark. A kaleidoscope of impressions from my life. I was born and raised in Churchill, Manitoba in the 1950’s. My maternal roots are from Southend Reindeer Lake, Saskatchewan. My mother’s resilience has impacted me deeply and her spirit is woven into everything I create. I’m a member of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation, we’re Assin’skowitiniwak (Rocky Cree). I’m a self-taught artist with over thirty years of birch bark biting practice. My art can be found in museums, galleries and private collections across Turtle Island and the world including: USA, Switzerland, France, and Italy.

Along with teaching art presentations to adults and children, I co-operate an art gallery in Nakusp, BC. My latest work includes a cultural art exhibition titled ‘Biting Back Our Cultural Resilience,’ and it’s been circulating in museums and galleries since 2022. I feel a great responsibility as a carrier of this traditional art form as well as for the teachings it holds which are many. I’m a mother, kookoom to many and my relationships continue to thrive. Through cultural resilience, I bite back.