Cheyenne Rain LeGrande ᑭᒥᐘᐣ

- / Cannon Project Wall

Bepsi Tab shawl
Photographer: Dusty LeGrande

Billboard Exchange co-presented in Hamilton, ON by AKA Artist-Run, Hamilton Artists Inc, and PAVED Arts

Nîmito in nêhiyawêwin translates to she dances. Mullyanne Nîmito explores ideas around Nehiyaw alien, protection, movement as healing, ancestral knowledge, traditional practice and Nehiyaw fashion. The bepsi tab shawl is a sculptural garment made out of beer/ pop can tabs that myself and my community have been collecting for the past 5 years. I weaved the tabs and pastel ribbon together to create a long shawl with fringe similar to a fancy shawl. My ancestors always inspire me. They used to create garments out of everything around them and these tabs were something I come across sometimes daily. Creating this garment was an act of reclamation and when I wear it feels like armour, it feels like protection. Nanâskomitin.

This installation is part of a national billboard exchange between Hamilton Artists Inc., AKA Artist-run and PAVED Arts in Saskatoon. The three-way collaboration also includes a billboard project by Maria-Margaretta at AKA and PAVED Arts from July 1 to August 31, 2023.

Cheyenne Rain LeGrande ᑭᒥᐘᐣ is a Nehiyaw Isko artist, from Bigstone Cree Nation. She currently resides in Amiskwaciy Waskahikan also known as Edmonton, Alberta. Cheyenne graduated from Emily Carr University with her BFA in Visual Arts in 2019. She was selected as the winner of the B.C. prize for BMO 1st Art! emerging artist competition and has received the Moment Factory Award for her piece Nehiyaw Isko. Her work often explores the interconnection between history and the body. She works interdisciplinary; moving through installation, photography, video, sound, and performance art.