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CBC News - August 12, 2021

In Unmarked, a painting now showing at a Toronto art gallery, a young Indigenous girl holds a human skull in her hands and stares at the viewer, her eyes full of sadness.

D. Ahsén:nase Douglas, a Kanien'kehá:ka painter with roots in Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory, created the artwork in January 2020, more than a year before the discovery of unmarked graves of children at Indian residential schools in Canada.

For Douglas, who considers himself a figurative painter, Unmarked depicts the loss of culture, language and children that occurred because of the Canadian residential school system. He said residential schools took away and "destroyed" the next generation of Indigenous people.

The painting is especially relevant now, he added.

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Coyote Boy

"Coyote Boy: an original trickster story" is a children's story book I originally wrote and illustrated. It's semi-autobiographical and based on a dream I had when I was around 8 years old. When it was first published in 2015 it was selected by the Southern Ontario Library Association for the "First Nation Communities Reading Program".

Published with Indigenous Education Press, it can be found at Goodminds.com, Amazon as well as other online stores locally and within Canada, the United States, Europe and the UK.

Now Available - Art Prints!

The Good News...I'm finally listening to my friends and patrons and will be producing "gallery-quality giclée art prints on 100% cotton rag archival paper that are printed with archival inks and a minimum one-inch border". The first to be available is "Rabbit Ears". More to follow, or if you have a favourite and need it NOW... let me know.

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Summer of 2017

I am pleased to announce that the Woodland Cultural Centre has acquired "Wendigo Triptyck" for their permanent collection. It will be shown at the Aurora Cultural Centre from May 9th to August 3rd, after which it will be delivered for placement within the museum’s Residential School exhibit.

The Collections Registrar had this to say about the painting:
"...it inspires a good representation of what a child might have felt going to a residential school. I am absolutely delighted to be able to put it in the museum..."

The Executive Director had these kind words to say about the piece:
"[Wendigo Triptych] will be displayed as part of the permanent exhibition area showcasing artifacts from the Mohawk Institute found during the recent renovations to the building. "Wendigo" is a timely work which perfectly embodies the terror, isolation, loneliness, and cultural depravations experienced by the Indigenous children brought to the Mohawk Institute Residential School."

I am deeply honored & grateful.
Niawen'ko:wa