Photo By: Mike Grandmaison
About the Artist
Pat Bruderer - Halfmoon Woman represents the preservation of one of the rarest and most threatened indigenous art forms in North America. The art form is called Birch Bark Bitings and Pat is one of the few current practitioners of this ancient first nations art. She was born and raised in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada and is of Cree ancestry. She is the mother of five children, and currently resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Halfmoon has always been an active community member, teaching art, volunteering, and creating programs to assist Indigenous communities in Canada.
Half Moon Women, is self taught in the ancient art of birch bark biting, and was inspired by the work of Angelique Merasty of Flin Flon, Manitoba. Halfmoon feels great responsibility as a carrier of this valuable art form, and strives for it's preservation, and for the teachings that it holds.