Santee Smith

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ceramic, 11" diameter
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ceramic, 10" × 5½"

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Santee Smith – Artist Biography

Santee Smith

Santee Smith is a member of the Mohawk Nation, Turtle Clan from Six Nations of the Grand, Ontario. She represents the third generation of a family of artists. She works as a potter designer, choreographer, dancer, and teacher. As an artist, she is committed to sharing traditional and contemporary stories of her indigenous culture. It is her interest in her culture and the cycles of the natural world that are the inspiration and focus of her creative direction.

She was a featured artist at the Canadian Heritage National Gathering of Aboriginal Artistic Expression, Dream Weavers in Ottawa 2002 and at National Gathering of Aboriginal People and Tourism in Whistler B.C. 2003. Santee was a featured dancer and choreographer for the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, 10th Anniversary Special, 2003. Santee has created works for Dancers Dancing (Vancouver), Woodland Cultural Centre and Canadian Children's Dance Theatre. She is actively involved in aboriginal contemporary dance in Canada and the United States having performed and presented her work at the Aboriginal Dance Symposiums in Nova Scotia and Manitoba and at the Red Rhythms Conference at the University of California - Riverside.

Daphne OdjigDaphne Odjig, Canadian Indigenous Artist and Icon Dies at 97. Click here for more details.

Odjig is frequently referred to as the "Grandmother of Indigenous Art." She has been the recipient of many awards, honours and recognitions for her works, to name a few: The Order of Canada, the Governor General's Award, and eight Honorary Doctorates. Her works have been shown in the National Gallery of Canada, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Art Gallery of Ontario.


She established the first native-run fine art print house in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1971. Known as 'Odjig Indian Prints,' this print house was so successful that it evolved into an Indigenous gallery space in 1974, called the New Warehouse Gallery, run by Odjig and her husband, Chester Beavon. She was also a founding member of the Indian Group of Seven. This artistic group's purpose was to promote Contemporary Indigenous art and artists.

Alex JanvierAlex Janvier's major retrospective, "Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master" is now on display at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Alex Janvier is one of Canada's most acclaimed contemporary Indigenous artists. His career of sixty-five years has yielded thousands of paintings, and more than twenty-five murals and public commissions. This retrospective of his artwork is on display from 25 November 2016 to 17 April 2017.

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