The Virtual Keeping House: A First Nations Gallery

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The Keeping House is a means of Aboriginal people and those interested in Indian culture in Saskatchewan to view the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre's permanent Aboriginal art collection and also its collection of artifacts. It is hoped that all who view these objects of our community's skilled artists and artisans will be able to experience the beauty of traditional and contemporary art of the Aboriginal people in Saskatchewan. Our culture is enriched by these visual reminders of our rich heritage, encompassing the traditions of the three groups of Cree-speaking people in Saskatchewan (Plains, Swampy, and Woodlands), the Dene of northern Saskatchewan, the Saulteaux (Plains Ojibwe), and the Souian tribes of the Dakota, Lakota and the Nakota.

The Cultural Centre is firmly linked with the past through its artifact collection. It also maintains a link with the contemporary perspectives of Indian people through its art collection, which reflects the tremendous changes Indian people have experienced since European contact. Images of cultural revitalization, concern with past traditions, and the struggle for Indian peoples to maintain their identity is repeated in the images within many artists' work.