INDIGENOUS EXHIBITION ABOUT SHARING KNOWLEDGE, ARTISTS SAY

New show at National Gallery features 70 artists from 40 Indigenous communities

Yvonne Imam is an artist from eastern India's North Karanpura valley, and a member of the Tribal Women Artists Cooperative. (Alan Neal/CBC)

The artists behind a new exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada say it’s about more than highlighting Indigenous art from around the world — it’s about spreading knowledge of their diverse cultures.

The exhibition is called Àbadakone, which means “continuous fire” in Algonquin. It will feature 70 artists from 40 Indigenous nations and 16 different countries, including artist and architect Joar Nango, a member of Norway’s Sámi community.

“During my education back home in Norway I very [quickly] realized that there was a rather big lack of discourse and knowledge about architecture seen from a sort of de-colonial perspective,” he told CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning.

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