Cheyenne McGinnis, also goes by Notaki, her ancestral name meaning Holy, is a Blackfoot artist currently residing in Vancouver, B.C. Cheyenne started her artwork and worked across the board 15 years ago, where she found her passion in acrylics, jewellery design and just simple working with knives. Cheyenne’s love for art stems from the want to tell the Blackfoot nations’ origin stories and history. In addition to the beauty of history, Cheyenne’s artistic uncles helped inspire her art journey from the beginning.
“Sharing the history of what we've come through and experienced as Blackfoot people living in Southern Alberta is really important to me, as well as just imagining what the future could and how that will come out to play in our world and with our worldview.”
The first part for every project Cheyenne works on is research. Researching the history and meaning behind ancient symbols and more. Cheyenne focuses on showing people symbols and pictographs. You can see the Kainai symbol presented across the majority of Cheyenne’s work. Her new collection with First Nations Gallery focuses on Silver earrings, bracelets representing the Blackfoot nation.
“ With each piece that I'm creating, I'm hoping to share the knowledge by highlighting the history between the pieces and the fact that they are created by two artists and different backgrounds (John and Cheyenne).”
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