“Aaron Paquette” Episode 26 (2007, 24 minutes)
This young Edmontonian is an artist, educator and community builder. A descendant of the Cree, Cherokee and Norwegian people, Aaron Paquette uses distinct colour and clear forms in his work. In talking about his work, Aaron says, "When I began to work seriously as a painter, I wanted to do something that would help reinforce the positive aspects of Native spirituality, and to reflect back to First Nations people everywhere the feeling of strength, unity and pride in our shared heritage. I hope that my works can act as a catalyst for greater understanding."
This 26-part series of half-hour documentaries presents the work and thoughts of a diverse group of Aboriginal artists. Twenty-four of them are Canadian--from British Columbia, Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Ontario; the other two are American--a painter from Montana and a glass blower from Seattle. By definition, artists are people who live on the edge, and Aboriginal artists have had a tougher journey than most.
The stories in this series are from artists who would not quit, even in the face of adversity and who have made a difference to both their communities and to the world of contemporary art.
Directed by: Raymond Yakeleya, Bill Stewart
Produced by: Raymond Yakeleya, Bill Stewart, Earth Magic Media
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