Dr. Joane Cardinal-Schubert LL.D (Hon), R.C.A.

The Bird is a Shield, 1983

mixed media on paper
24x32 in.
$5,900 Cdn.

I call this one the Twitter Bird but she did this in 1983, a long time before Twitter ever showed up. She was a printmaker and realized how important pictographs were because they had to be incised into a rock like a printmaker would do. She found a lot of the pictographs were destroyed, chipped off and taken away. A lot of this was to preserve the idea. There’s a set of black and white positives at the Glenbow that have most of these pictographs on them but Joane would go see these places herself. We’d all go.

-Mike Schubert and Justin Cardinal-Schubert

A member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts since 1986, Joane Cardinal-Schubert was also a writer, curator, lecturer, poet and activist for First Nations artists and individuals engaged in the struggle for Native sovereignty. Joane Cardinal-Schubert was born in 1942 in Red Deer and attended the Alberta College of…