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PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION Uashat, August
PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION
Uashat, August 11th 2011 – We are proud to announce the 6th Edition of the Painting
Symposium « MAMU » Together at Uashat’s Shaputuan Museum, on 26, 27 and 28 August
2011. Since the symposium was launched six years ago, it has been organized under the banner
of “Mamu,” which means “together” in the Innu language and expresses the power of a project
that hosts both Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal visual artists.
The theme we have chosen for this year is 2011 – Onze Nations ! For the first time in the history
of our symposium, we will be convening Quebec’s 11 Aboriginal nations, who will be
represented by artists of national and international stature. Equal representation of Aboriginal and
Non-Aboriginal artists at “Mamu” Ensemble! is one example of our success, and it shows that we
have acquired greater access to the media and audiences, so as to provide positive images of
Aboriginal art and artists and the importance of intercultural collaboration.
In addition, we will be presenting an “Innu-Aitun / Innu culture” component outside the
Shaputuan Museum, where 10 Innu artists, artisans and sculptors will be located.
This year, we have focused on activities for the whole family. There will be free musical shows
starting with « La Caravane Amoureuse de Marc Vala » and « Claude McKenzie », painting
workshop for youths at the Galleries Montagnaises, face painting throughout Saturday, juggling
workshop on Sunday, BBQ corn on the cob on Saturday along with a free traditioinal innu
community dinner, the draw of Ernest « Aness » Dominique’s painting, a silent auction and door
prizes!
Equal representation of Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal artists at “Mamu” Ensemble! is one
example of our success. It shows that we have acquired greater access to the media and
audiences, because it conveys positive images of Aboriginal art and artists while emphasizing the
importance of intercultural collaboration.
2011 ARTISTS DELEGATION
Aimée Clark – Natuashish Labrador
Allen Grégoire – Naskapi
André Coppens – Rencours, Belgique
Carmen Hathaway - Abenaki
Christine Nadeau – Boischatel, QC
Clarence Bourgoin – St-Léonard NB
Claude Bonneau – Baie-Comeau, QC
Ernest "Aness" Dominique – Innu
Francine Picard - Huron-Wendat
Ginette Aubin - Malécite
Humberto Pinochet - Les Éboulements, QC
Jacques Hébert - Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive, QC
Jessica Rose Jerome - Mi'kmaq
Johanne Roussy – Sept-Îles, QC
Kirk Brant – Mohawk
Marcel et Josée Fecteau – Chesterville, QC
Michel Desmarais – Mont-Saint-Hilaire, QC
Raymond Weizineau – Attikamekw
Suzanne Claveau - Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel, QC
Tanya Mesher Jones - Inuit
Tim Whiskeychan – Cree
Wayne McKenzie – Algonquin
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For further information
Nadine St-Louis, Producer of the Painting Symposium MAMU Together!
Institut Tshakapesh
647.654.3882

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