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‘Medicine for the spirit’: Indigenous mural at Simons Valley School inspires students – CTV News

by ahnationtalk on November 13, 201915 Views

November 12, 2019

CALGARY — Ryan Jason Allen Willert has been working for weeks painting a mural for students and staff at Simons Valley School in northwest Calgary, with the inspiration for his artwork rooted in Blackfoot culture and tradition.

The mural features a buffalo — an animal Willart says is prominent to the Blackfoot people and one that he hopes will encourage children at the school to live a good life.

“The children are our future and for them to have this, this is something that they come to and see every day,” he said.

“They’re looking at a piece of good medicine for their spirit and their well-being.”

Before picking up a paintbrush, Willart spent a week with each class, teaching them the four lessons of the buffalo:

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