Navajo-print leggings, suede moccasins, feather earrings. Fashion designers often draw inspiration from aboriginal cultures — but the love doesn’talwaysflowbothways.
One thing is clear: cultural appropriation is a thorny subject. It’s not always easy to tell between the work of aboriginal artists and mass-produced imitations, or to draw the line between appreciation and appropriation.
For insight on this topic, guest host Candy Palmater checks in with two artists:
Métis visual artist Christi Belcourtdiscusses her experience (and hesitations about) collaborating with fashion line Valentino on their fall collection.
Italian designer Valentino has transferred images from one of Métis artist Christi Belcourt’s paintings in the National Gallery of Canada onto clothing. (Valentino)
Michif, Metis Artist / Mother Earth Lover / Ma'iingun ndodem.