Supporting Indigenous tourismArts & Crafts Cooperative
Mi’kmaw Cultural Authenticity
If you answered “yes” to any one of these questions, then joining our new NSITEN organization may be one of the best new things to help you achieve any one of these goals!
The NSITEN will be offering a free service to all artists, artisans, craft makers and traditional knowledge keepers as a way to grow opportunities but also to start organizing a collective database of individuals & businesses that would like to have more support services that would benefit their future goals and aspirations.
Once we secure and coordinate a significant and updated representation of qualified artists, crafters and knowledge keepers that meet our organizational membership criteria, we will begin to organize events that will bring them together to gather information on how best we can support their needs in developing and enhancing skill sets that will allow them the ability to better participate in the mainstream cultural tourism industry.
artisans, craft makers & performers
The type of work we promote
authentic Mi'kmaw Crafts
Artwork comes in many forms, from sculpture to paintings and prints, and we are excited to highlight some stunning authentic indigenous art from local Nova Scotia artists.
Criteria will include an in-depth knowledge of the Mi’kmaw culture and of course your Indigenous status clearly identified through criteria as expressed in our membership outline.
Nancy E. Oakley
Nancy has been involved in artwork her whole life beginning as a small child, participating in traditional dancing and making her own regalia and bead work. She eventually went to the Institute of American
Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico to study photography and tried her hand at traditional pottery.
After graduating she moved to Nova Scotia and studied for a year at the Nova Scotia School of Art and Design, taking courses in weaving, jewelry, photography and pottery. As an artist she creates culturally significant vessels that imbue her spiritual and traditional knowledge and honor her role as a mother.
She creates her pieces by using the wheel or hand building larger sculptural vessels. She finds inspiration in nature and the creation of life. She incorporates traditional practices in her creations, such as stone polishing and smoke firing and later embellishes each piece with traditional Mi’kmaw black ash basketry, intricate bead work and/or sweet grass.
1. Local artist Loretta Gould
2. Local artist Alan Syliboy
3. Local artist Loretta Gould