SAAG: Blackfoot Naming Cermony

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SAAG: Blackfoot Naming Cermony

by ahnationtalk on October 27, 2020133 Views

A Blackfoot Naming Ceremony was held at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG) on Friday, October 23,  2020. The ceremony was led by Elder Bruce Wolf Child and First Nations Education, Language & Cultural Consultant and Elder Mary Fox, and the SAAG was greatly honoured to receive the Blackfoot  name  Maansiksikaitsitapiitsinikssin.

The SAAG Board of Directors and Staff were extremely grateful that the gallery was gifted with a Blackfoot name by local Kainai Elders, and we are committed to our journey of living into this name. We are honoured to share the Blackfoot name and its meaning with our community.

Maansiksikaitsitapiitsinikssin:  the new making of images, related to the telling of our Blackfoot peoples’ stories.

Maansiksikaitsitapiitsinikssin describes contemporary art as the new process of making images and writings, related to the telling of ancient stories by Blackfoot people within Blackfoot territory: a continuation across time in the sharing of knowledge, culture, and history across southern Alberta.

Maansiksikaitsitapiitsinikssin connects the Blackfoot language words: maan it is new, siksikaitsitapii (of) our Blackfoot people, tsinikssin relating stories through the process of images and writings.

On occasion of receiving Maansiksikaitsitapiitsinikssin, the Blackfoot name for the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, on October 23, 2020, local Kainai artist Bryce Singer was commissioned to create a limited series of commemorative artwork prints.


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Dominique Charles | Public Engagement Intern | 403 327 8770 | [email protected]
Courtney Faulkner | Public Engagement & Event Coordinator [Adult] | 403 327 8770 x22 | [email protected]
Kylie Fineday | Visitor Services & Volunteer Coordinator [Maternity Cover] | 403 327 8770 x21 | [email protected]
Hannah Heaton | Operations Coordinator | 403 327 8770 x24 | [email protected]
Jake Klein-Waller | Lead Preparator | 403 327 8770 x25 | [email protected]
Lexi Pendzich | Communications & Design Manager | 403 327 8770 x28 | [email protected]
Danica Tolhuysen | Public Engagement Coordinator [Youth] | 403 327 8770 x29 | [email protected]
Kristy Trinier | Executive Director | 403 327 8770 x26 | [email protected]
Meghan Visser-Johnson | Administrative Coordinator | 403 327 8770 x27 | [email protected]
Adam Whitford | Curatorial & Publications Coordinator | 403 327 8770 x23 | [email protected]
Brandon Wynnychuk | Graphic Designer | 403 327 8770 x21 | [email protected]


Melissa Arseniuk | Co-Chair
Nifemi Ashani | Director
Jana Boschee | Director
Chandra Deaust | Treasurer
Hali Heavy Shield | Director
Mark McMurray | Co-Chair

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