DUKE REDBIRD, ARTIST
Ojibwe artist and scholar Duke Redbird has been a trailblazing figure in Canadian Indigenous culture since the 1960s. He has an MA in interdisciplinary studies from York University and an Honorary Doctorate from OCAD University where he helped establish the first Indigenous Visual Culture program. In 2015, Duke was Elder and Mentor for Ring of Fire commissioned by the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) and later appeared in their publication Imaginary Homelands where he was featured in an art project called Writing on Water; In 2016 his poetry appeared in the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Tributes + Tributaries Exhibition; in 2017, Dr. Redbird was one of the major forces behind the curatorial process for the Luminato Festival, and in 2018, Duke was the inspiration and key Indigenous advisor behind the Awen’ Gathering Circle, an Indigenous architectural presence on the waterfront in Collingwood, Ontario. He is curator of the Debwewin Gallery, guide, mentor and advisor to the Banff Centre for the Arts Leaders Lab, and is currently working with Myseum Toronto on a floating art instillation project called Wigwam Chi-Chemung which will bring an Indigenous presence to the waterfront in Toronto.