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Half Moon Woman Releases NFT Collection
April 27, 2022 - Half Moon Woman (Pat Bruderer) is a Cree Indigenous master creator in the art form called Birch Bark Biting and she has just released onto the OpenSea platform a collection that is the first of its kind.
A birch bark biting is a unique piece of Indigenous artwork. They are made from biting an image, using only the teeth, into a thin, single layer of birch bark harvested from the birch tree. Then, by carefully folding the bark, the pattern imagined is pressed into the birch bark, using only the teeth. Historically, this art form was used to create beadwork patterns, to tell stories, and were used in ceremonies.
“I’ve always looked for new ways to share my work to ensure that the art form is never forgotten. As a cultural carrier it’s very important to me. That’s why I teach hundreds of kids per year in schools, teach my own family members, and work to distribute my art in a variety of ways, from originals and prints, on fabric, in an upcoming children’s book and now NFT’s,” says Half Moon Woman.
Half Moon’s first NFT collection includes two Burnt Originals where the pieces were set fire to along with cedar and sweet grass, traditional Indigenous medicines. The collection was released on April 27th and the auction closes on May 6th.
Half Moon Woman (Pat Bruderer) is one of the few knowledge keepers and expert practitioners of this early Indigenous art form. She was born and raised in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada and is a member of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation. Pat's work can be found in museums, galleries, and private collections around the world.
Link to the Iskotew - Burnt Original Collection: https://opensea.io/collection/birchbarkbiting
Mini Tipi Collaboration
What an exciting way to see my artwork come to life. This collaboration with Mini Tipi resulted in some beautiful textiles including a wool blanket and shawl with my design called 'If It Wasn't for Bees and Water." You can purchase the products on their website here. We are also making a donation of a percentage of proceeds to True North Aid's Supplies for Success Program. Thank you to Trisha Pitura and Mealanie Bernard for choosing me to be one of their artists.
Great Feature in the Washington Post
I was thrilled to be part of this interview by writer Emily Reily who did a beautiful article on artists who are reinvigorating the art of Birch Bark Biting. Read the article here The Washington Post
Zoom Workshops Have Been a Big Success
A big part of what I do is teach! I call it 'Passing a Tradition' and it's my way of helping to preserve this art form. These past few years have been very different for everyone but I have enjoyed 'Zooming' into classes across Canada to teach birch bark biting to children. Sending kits to teachers in advance has allowed me to continue to pass the tradition to as many children as I usually do. Thank you to all of the schools who have hosted me this school year. I hope to see you all in person again soon.
CBC Article - Reclaiming their history: Three Manitoba women keeping their culture alive through language, art
I was proud to be selected as one of three women to be part of this article. Thanks to CBC and writer Marjorie Dowhos for speaking with me.
"On the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, some Indigenous educators and artists say they're more determined than ever to keep the traditions and values of their ancestors alive." Read the full article here - CBC Article