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Autumn Whiteway | Artist of the Month | July 2021

Updated: Feb 1, 2022

Autumn Whiteway (Night Singing Woman) is a Saulteaux/Métis visual artist, traditional craftworker, curator, archaeologist and mother. As an archaeologist, she has always been curious about the material culture produced by her ancestors, in addition to traditional knowledge passed down through the generations. This curiosity led her on a path of discovery, to learn many different types of traditional Indigenous crafts. Inspired by artists such as Norval Morrisseau and Kent Monkman, she additionally explores Indigenous themes from a contemporary perspective through painting and photography. Her painting and digital art is primarily focused on the heavily symbolic Woodland Style of art. Her photography, on the other hand, is used as a form of activism to highlight Indigenous issues.

During her career as an archaeologist, Autumn has worked and conducted research in Canada, Jordan, Ethiopia, Italy and Iceland. She holds an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Manitoba, a B.Sc. in Archaeology concentrating in Physical Anthropology from the University of Calgary, and a B.A. in Greek and Roman Studies from the University of Calgary. Her specialties include mortuary ethnoarchaeology, the archaeology of nomadic peoples, human osteology, zooarchaeology, and traditional knowledge. Her current research revolves around the archaeology of body modification, and she hopes to publish a book on this subject matter.

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