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Mekinawewin, to give a gift: Exhibition at The Calgary Central Library

Presented in partnership with Esker Foundation in response to the work of Jeffrey Gibson in the exhibition Time Carriers on view at Esker Foundation, 28 September- 20 December 2019.

Mekinawewin, to give a gift is rooted in a circular gesture of exchange. It is an invitation into relationship, as a guest to Treaty 7, and an introduction into the deep humility of belonging. Cardinal offers her third instalment of this generative project through a process made and shaped by many hands. As a result of stories told aloud, mixtures of water and botanical pulp collide and reconfigure themselves as paper sheets where these stories reappear.

This exhibition was co-created by participants who contributed creations generated at the November 2nd workshop.

Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal is a multi-media artist and community activist who traces her ancestral roots back to the Saddle Lake Cree Nation and the once-German occupied lands of Ukraine. For more information visit: