Autumn Whiteway (“Night Singing Woman”) is a Saulteaux/Métis visual artist, traditional craftworker, curator and archaeologist. As an archaeologist, she has always been curious about the material culture produced by her ancestors, in addition to traditional knowledge passed down through the generations.
This curiosity led her on a path of discovery, to learn many different types of traditional Indigenous crafts. Inspired by artists such as Norval Morrisseau and Kent Monkman, she additionally explores Indigenous themes from a contemporary perspective through painting and photography. Her painting and digital art is primarily focused on the heavily symbolic Woodland Style of art. Her photography, on the other hand, is used as a form of activism to highlight Indigenous issues.
During her career as an archaeologist, Autumn has worked and conducted research in Canada, Jordan, Ethiopia, Italy and Iceland. She holds an M.A. in Anthropology from University of Manitoba, a B.Sc. (First Class Honours) in Archaeology concentrating in Physical Anthropology from University of Calgary and a B.A. (With Distinction) in Greek and Roman Studies from University of Calgary. Her specialties include mortuary ethnoarchaeology, the archaeology of pastoral nomads, human osteology and zooarchaeology, and traditional knowledge. Her current research revolves around the archaeology of body modification and she hopes to publish a book on this subject matter.