THE HEALING PATH MURAL MAPPING
Enjoy the re-animation of The Healing Path mural by Charlie Johnston and volunteer artists with guidance from Jeanie Redeagle.
Re-animation by artist Reality Craig and supported by Metis N4 Construction and Manitoba Metis Federation Selkirk.
See it on Holiday Alley TV from the comfort of your home Holiday Alley TV’s finale show or drive by during Red River North Tourism’s Holiday Yards of the season on December 19th, 6:30 – 8:30pm.
* Weather permitting – the projections may end earlier.
*Please note, the following information below is directly pulled together from the artist’s website here: charliejohnston.ca
The Healing Path
Painted by Charlie Johnston Ashley Christiansen, Ryan Gauthier, Brad Lent, Chris Reeves with guidance from Jeanie Redeagle.
This mural touches on Indigenous and Metis culture in the spirit of healing and Reconciliation; a significant national process in Canada between First Nations and Neocolonial peoples. Working with Jeanie Redeagle as the Indigenous Knowledge Keeper for this project, along with mentoring several Aboriginal and Metis artists, I came to develop the design and themes for the mural created for my home town.
I drew from the aesthetics of traditional beadwork as the inspiration for this work.
- In the mural:
- the Metis infinity sign that represents 2 societies merging into 1, becomes a bead work path bringing different peoples together towards healing.
- the four traditional Aboriginal medicines radiate outward from the centre; cedar, tobacco, sweetgrass and sage; a smoky effect represents smudging healing ceremonies radiates out from the centre
- inside of the beaded path are two flower gardens composed of traditional bead work motifs
- Metis bead work on the left and Ojibway/ Aboriginal bead work on the right
- As you journey along the Möbius strip eternally turning back in on itself that is the healing path, you will encounter many spirit guides.