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Art Co-Ordinator Is Artist-Author

SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN      OCTOBER 1974      v05 n08 p49  
Sarain Stump
Sarain Stump

The Indian art program is fortunate in having a talented and skilled artist as its coordinator. Sarain Stump has been actively involved with Indian people as an artist and author for several years.

Born on the Shoshone Reservation in Wyoming, Sarain has travelled extensively since childhood. This may account for the vast knowledge he possess of Indian people. His work and services in the art program have been invaluable. He teaches his class the history of Indian people in America often using his artistic talents to demonstrate what he speaks of.

Sarain has had major exhibitions across Canada, which have been well-received by art critics and the public. His art form is unique and easily distinguished. He uses paints, pencil sketches and other forms to bring his ideas and feelings across. Most of Sarain's work depicts a traditional belief or is noticeably an "Indian" work.

Sarain is the author of a book, "There Is My People Sleeping" which has sensitive poetry with messages to fellow Indians and non-Indians and includes several of

Art Co-Ordinator Is Artist-Author

SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN      OCTOBER 1974      v05 n08 p50  
his drawings. Sarain has also had a chance to act. He played the role of a half-breed scout in the film Alien Thunder, which was produced in Saskatchewan and released last year.

Most major developments in the art course can be attributed to Sarain for he has brought the course from simple plans and ideas to reality. He has contributed much time and planning to the course and he believes it will benefit many.

Sarain is often called upon to explain his program to others and he still enjoys these visits although he hasn't been to as many schools as when he first began working in the Art Department.

The success of the course has depended upon many things and the hard work and personal effort of Sarain are one of the reasons "Indart" will succeed.

William Ermine, left, and Eddy Poitras taking
William Ermine, left, and Eddy Poitras taking notes.

One of the Indian art students had previous experience only in pencil sketching, but since enrolling in the program has expanded his talents to include many other art media. William Ermine, 20-year old member of the Sturgeon Lake Band, has shown great promise and potential in the class.

William has completed and sold some of his hide paintings. He explained that he enjoys using the designs of the Northwest Coast Indians. His hide paintings reflect this liking and he uses U-shaped and oval designs and black, red and blue colours.

At the moment, William is working on a face mask fashioned after Northwest Coast designs. Now that his interest and knowledge of Indian art has expanded he enjoys painting, carving and many other art forms. William plans to teach, but is undecided as to where.

One student in the class has had his art interest develop from family interests. Twenty-year-old Eddy Poitras of Regina can remember both his parents sketching and drawing ever since his childhood. Eddy's interests developed to a greater degree when he entered school.

Eddy said he was always interested in Indian art, but never had the opportunity to explore it further until he enrolled in the program. He works on hide paintings, canvas and many other forms. He feels he hasn't found his style or technique yet, but enjoys working on various activities.

Eddy worked with Dennis Morrison in preparing the copy of Treaty No.4 for the Summer Games presentation. While Dennis did the lettering, Eddy made a scroll case of rawhide and buckskin and painted it with acrylics.

Dennis Morrison
Dennis Morrison

Cartoons are an amusing media to express feelings or illustrate a joke and the Indian art class is fortunate to have a cartoonist in their numbers. Dennis Morrison, a 25-year-old from the Ochapowace Reserve near Broadview, Sask., has been cartooning and sketching for several years.

His subjects include rather ridiculous looking people, crazy cars and animals and he often includes captions in his work. Dennis's subjects are often fellow classmates and the staff. With previous training in a letter course, Dennis has been useful in making posters and other signs. Dennis did the lettering on the buckskin scroll of Treaty No. 4, which was presented to Lieutenant-Governor Stephen Worobetz, at the recent Indian Summer Games on Cote Reserve.

Cartoons and lettering are not his only talents and Dennis enjoys painting portraits, landscapes, sketching and carving.

A new intake of students is planned for October. Applications are available at band, F.S.I. and Indian Affairs offices. Deadline for applications is October 15.

Any group or school interested in obtaining Indian Art instruction may contact the Art Department.

Address inquiries to:
Harry Lafond,
Indian Art Program,
465B - 1st Avenue North,
Saskatoon, Sask.