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Montreal Botanical Garden

...National Aboriginal Day
by MBG
June 21, 2008

To mark National Aboriginal Day, the First Nations Garden of the Montréal Botanical Garden will unveil the winning entry in the 6th edition of the ephemeral mural competition: The Three Sisters, created by Quebec Mohawk artist Lindsay Delaronde.

The mural illustrates the relationship between the plant world and the First Nations, drawing on past and present-day traditional Iroquoian culture. Inspired by the legend of the Three Sisters (corn, squash and beans), the artist depicted three women helping each other. Women have always played a central role in the wellbeing and lives of aboriginal communities: preparing meals, tending vegetable gardens, taking care of their families, etc. For Lindsay Delaronde, The Three Sisters is a way of giving back to her community some of what it has given her in terms of history, culture and identity.

The artist chose to paint her mural on wood, incorporating photos from the McCord Museum’s Notman collection. The relationship between the black and white photos and the brightly coloured acrylic paint allowed her to link nostalgia for past with the present.

Lindsay Delaronde’s concept won out over three other entries for its message, originality, technical characteristics, formal qualities and connection with the mission of the First Nations Garden. The artist was born in Kahnawake in 1984, and studied at Dawson College in Montréal, before completing a Bachelor’s degree at the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design in Vancouver. Ms. Delaronde is now working on her Master’s degree at the University of Victoria, in British Columbia, which she plans to finish by this fall. The young woman certainly seems to be destined for a promising career, since she has already won two other awards for her art, in addition to the 2008 ephemeral mural competition.

The Three Sisters will be on display until October 31 in the First Nations Garden. Visitors can also explore the Knowledge and Know-how exhibition, enjoy mini-presentations, musical performances and demonstrations of Native crafts. It’s the perfect introduction to knowledge and know-how both old and new!


First Nations Garden – 2008 summer program of activities

Presentations, guided tours and green crafts

Nature interpreters will be on hand on the site from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and will be offering guided tours lasting 30 to 45 minutes at 2:30 p.m. in English and 1:30 p.m. in French.* A green crafts workshop will also be held for families on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, from 2 to 4 p.m.

* Note that no guided tours of the First Nations Garden will be held while cultural activities are in progress or on June 21 and 22 or August 9 and 10.

Events June 21 2 p.m. National Aboriginal Day Unveiling of the temporary mural made by Lindsay Delaronde

June 28 and 29 Odaya, First Nations women’s drumming group 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.

August 9 and 10 International Day for the World’s Indigenous People 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Kabir Percussion, Brazilian and African native dances and songs

Cultural activities * July 12 and 13 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.

Winoosis storytelling By Abenaki-Wendat artist and writer Christine Sioui Wawanoloath July 26 and 27 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Demonstration of making snowshoes and moosehide moccasins With master Innu craftspeople Bernard and Mariette Connelly August 23 and 24 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.

Thunderhawk – Mohawk song and dance performances August 30 and 31 and September 1 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Demonstration of contemporary basket weaving with natural and recycled materials With Abenaki artist Judy Dow

* Activities will be held rain or shine.

Information: 514 872-1400 /

Services available: L’Orchidée gift shop, cafeteria, mini-train (in summer)

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