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Miriam Körner with Bernice Johnson-Laxdal: When the Trees Crackle with Cold: pîsimwasinahikan

Fri, Jan 1, 2021 to Sat, Jan 23, 2021 @ Grand Coteau Heritage and Cultural Centre

Community: Shaunavon Arts Council

Education Packages: WhentheTreesCrackleEdGuide.pdf
Miriam Körner, nōcihitowipīsim (Rutting Moon), watercolour, 22 x 22 inches, 2016

Miriam Korner and Bernice Johnson-Laxdal have collaborated to bring us a series of watercolour paintings depicting the Cree moon calendar through Johnson-Laxdal’s childhood memories. The original paintings that were printed in a children’s book of the same title make up this fascinating exhibition.

Bernice Johnson-Laxdal grew up in a family of thirteen siblings in Ile-a-la-Crosse, Saskatchewan’s second oldest community. Miriam Korner grew up in the bustling city life of Germany.

Miriam fell in love with northern Saskatchewan fourteen years ago during a dog sled race that led across wind-swept Bigstone Lake. Little did she know then that the unforgiving vast wilderness of northern Saskatchewan would become her intimately known backyard or Bernice her neighbour.

Bernice, showed Miriam the traditional Cree moon calendar and told her stories of her family’s traditional activities. Although Bernice and Miriam grew up worlds apart they found a connection through their understanding of nature and a deep respect for the people whose life-style followed the natural cycle of nature.

This exhibition celebrates northern Saskatchewan and its people. It is an homage to a unique place, where we can all learn important lessons about respect for the land and each other and move towards a common understanding of northern Saskatchewan’s history and our place within it. Growing up in Germany Miriam felt disconnected to the natural world. Now, living in northern Saskatchewan helps her to find the lost connection. She is still learning.


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