new life with giant snow sculptures
The Mi'kmaw teachings of the four directions have been brought to larger-than-life proportions by an artist in New Brunswick who has created giant snow sculptures representing traditional hand-carved wooden masks.
Gordon Sparks, who is from Pabineau First Nation, N.B., is one of the few practising Mi'kmaw wooden mask-makers, and hopes the sculptures will help foster the resurgence of the cultural practice.
Standing eight feet tall at the powwow grounds in Listuguj, on the Quebec-New Brunswick border, each sculpture represents the four directions — north, east, south, and west — and their accompanying Mi'kmaw teachings.
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