24-Medicine Wheel–Nebula (Dream)-Glass-Bottom Boat

Medicine Wheel–Nebula (Dream)–Glass-Bottom Boat, 2000–06. Joane Cardinal-Schubert (Blackfoot [Blood]), 1942–2009. Acrylic on canvas. Gift of the Province of Alberta and the Honorable Ralph Klein, Premier of Alberta, 2006 (26/5680).

Here, Cardinal-Schubert portrays Hazlet Lake, where she lived as a child; its surface is dotted with water lilies, reflected stars, and one of the many medicine wheels found in southern Alberta. The artist wrote that she had learned a great deal about the “natural order of things” through time spent exploring the lake and observing its abundant animal and plant life.

Joane Cardinal-Schubert (1942–2009), of Blackfoot (Blood) ancestry, was a multimedia artist, writer, curator, and director of video and aboriginal theatre. She was born in Red Deer, Alberta, and received a BFA from the University of Calgary. Her work has been shown, collected, and published nationally and internationally.

Over her 40-year career, Cardinal-Schubert’s work ranged from richly colored drawings and paintings to installation works inspired by memories, Native history, social injustice, and environmental concerns. She received numerous awards and honors, including induction into the Royal Canadian Academy, the Commemorative Medal of Canada, an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Calgary, and a National Aboriginal Achievement Award.

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