While I'm not First Nations myself, I'm doing a minor in Native American Studies in university. I took a Native Art Studio class because I thought it sounded like a great way to get another NAS credit. For our final project we were told to find a piece by a contemporary First Nations, Metis or Inuit artist and do our own piece based on it. For mine, I found this picture (http://www.leahdorion.com/sevengenerations.html
) and I recreated it using scraps and garbage from around my apartment. If you go to the url of the original piece, it explains the meaning which ties in with the materials I used.
It's 2ft by 3ft and took so much work, but I'm so happy with it.
Here is a list of all the materials used, if you're interested.
Top blue corners: blue jello powder
Pink: little roles of scrap cardstock
White: toilet paper with light blue paint dabbed on top
Orange: felt scraps
Dark Red: strips on an old t-shirt
Blue: fabric scraps
Next Blue: felt scraps
Red: pieces of coke cans, pieces of coke bottle labels, pieces of paper from magazine ads
Orange: pieces of text from magazines, painted orange
Pink: scraps of pink cardstock
Medicine wheel: toilet paper, felt scraps, magazine ad pieces, coffee grounds
Purple Lady: fabric from old clothes, felt, fabric paint,
All Hair: black felt scraps
Blue Girls: fabric scraps & paper from magazine ads
Orange Girls: felt scraps, embroidery thread
Ground: pieces of the school newspaper, painted orange, dark spots are used coffee grounds
Turtles: pieces of yogurt containers
Swirls: pieces of magazine ads
Black dots (going up the centre): pieces of a cereal box, painted black
White Squiggly Lines (between colour rows): strips of an old t-shirt
All other details are painted.