Elizabeth Moses, Arrival of the Dog Team, Velveteen, canvas backing, wool bias tape, ric-rac ribbon, wool yarn, seed beads, 2017. Photograph: Florence Moses

Ingenious Purpose

Shirley Adamson, Nicole Bauberger, Amélie Druillet, Deb Enoch, Nyla Klugie-Migwans, Karen Lepine, Pauline Livingstone, Darcy McDiarmid, Elizabeth Moses, Florence Moses, Diane Olsen, Velma Olsen and Anne Tayler

October 19, 2019 – January 5, 2020

East Vitrines, Bill Boyle Artport


Reception: Thursday, December 10, 6pm – 8pm


An exhibition featuring beautiful dog blankets and hangings made by the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre (KDCC) Sewing Group in Whitehorse.

The Traditional First Nation Dog Blanket project was proposed by Shirlee Frost, Gwich’in First Nation and coordinated by Florence Moses Gwich’in, Northern Tutchone, and Han Nations to make traditional dog blankets that would be showcased at the 2017 Yukon Quest dog sled race. The beautiful dog blankets and two accompanying hangings shown in this exhibition were made by the women who are part of the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre (KDCC) Sewing Group in Whitehorse, Yukon.

The women represented in this exhibition have all the hallmarks of ingenuity – ability, dexterity, genius, skill, wisdom, talent, resourcefulness, intelligence and flair. Led by Florence Moses, they created these works with purpose: to revitalize tradition, to create with pride and joy and to come together in community for healing and support.

“[I’m] very, very proud to be a First Nations woman, and to have the skills of our mothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers be brought back to life … It brings back memories of my family. It’s a good time to heal. It’s a good time to remember the good stuff. It’s a good time to look forward.” – Florence Moses on CBC News

We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Yukon Government Tourism & Culture | Cultural Services Branch, the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, Nicole Bauberger and Florence Moses.

YUKON Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre

Part of Festival of Cool: The Arctic


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