March 2022


From prehistoric paintings on rock to bark, canvas, and beyond, Woodland art is rooted in Northernwestern Ontario and the Anishinaabe people. This art form explores the Indigenous connection to the land and the spirit world, drawing on oral history passed down through generations. And while there are some hallmarks of style like vibrant colours and strong lines, each artist communicates their own experience, using a brush to shape their stories. We are so grateful to the artists for sharing their work with us, and with you, the readers of The Walleye.  
-Rebekah Skochinski




Woodland art blends ancient oral storytelling with contemporary painting to create a world-renowned art form with its roots in our region. We’re exploring the distinct style of Woodland Art for our March issue. As part of the cover story, Tiffany Jarva looks into the history of the art style, we talk to third-generation artist Kevin Belmore, profile three female Indigenous artists who have put their own contemporary spin on the form, and Stephanie Wesley chats with Fort William First Nation artist Christian Chapman about his solo show Ziibaaska’Iganagooday: The Jingle Dress.


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