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Seasons for Rita

ARTIST
Sharon Heading

SENIOR OR ELDER
Elder Rita Marten

ARTFORM
Visual Arts — 8″ x 8″ birch on birch panel

ABOUT THE ARTWORK
This is the story of Elder Rita Marten’s love of seasons and the land in Fort Chipewyan. Every year her mother made her moccasins to go to residential school and every year they were taken from her until the school year ended. The red beads represented her time through the seasons. There are a little pair of moccasins in the bottom right corner, with tiny beads on them. The beads are red to parallel the symbol of power in Indigenous culture.