Métis Kitchen Table Talk on Methodologies of Making

Date: Sunday March 24, 2019, 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Location: CKUA Edmonton, 9804 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB.


The kitchen table is where some of the best learning occurs. When we gather with friends and family around food and tea, we relax into easy conversation, lending to a safe space for dialogue and knowledge sharing.

Métis Kitchen Table Theory is the practice of learning through sharing around a kitchen table while eating, drinking, and making from an Indigenous (and specifically Métis) worldview. This practice is not expressly Métis – or even Indigenous – as many non-Indigenous communities gather in similar ways. However, Métis Kitchen Table talks are focused in Métis methodologies, and work from Métis worldviews.

Please join Cathy Mattes and Sherry Farrell Racette in a discussion about methodologies of making on March 24, 2019 at 1pm. They will lead us in a conversation about their practices and the ways in which Indigenous ways of knowing are activated through their processes of working. This interactive conversation will ask participants to share their own experiences of working within Indigenous frameworks. All are welcome to participate and are also welcomed to bring beading/sewing/tufting/etc to work on during the event.


About the Speakers

Cathy Mattes is a Michif curator, writer, and art history professor at Brandon University who is based in Sprucewoods Manitoba. In her curatorial practice she focuses on the complexities of engaging Indigenous communities with contemporary art. Several examples are: Inheritance: Amy Malbeuf  (2017, Kelowna Art Gallery), Frontrunners (2011, Urban Shaman Gallery and Plug-In ICA) Blanche: KC Adams & Jonathan Jones (2008, Chalkhorse Gallery, Sydney Australia), and Rockstars & Wannabes (2007, Urban Shaman Gallery). Mattes has written for various arts and cultural institutions, including the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, and the National Museum of the American Indian to name a few. She is presently completing her PhD studies at the University of Manitoba in Native Studies.

Sherry Farrell Racette (Algonquin/Métis/Irish; University of Regina) was born in Manitoba and is a member of Timiskaming First Nation in Quebec (unceded Algonquin territory). She has done extensive work in archives and museum collections with an emphasis on retrieving women’s voices and recovering aesthetic knowledge. Her principal areas of interest are Métis visual culture, Indigenous photography and traditional media in contemporary Indigenous art. Farrell Racette is also a curator, painter and textile artist. Beadwork is increasingly important to her artistic practice, creative research and pedagogy.


This project was produced with the support of the Mitchell Art Gallery, Edmonton Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.