Dawn Setford is a feather keeper, graphic and web designer, photographer and paper maker.
Dawn Setford is Haudenosaunee (Mohawk) whose matrilineal ancestral territory is Akwesasne. She is a community-engaged visual and media artist who encourages FNMI artists to create and express themselves in an effort to promote economic opportunity and inter-generational healing. The majority of her work is community-engaged and explores the history and tradition of her culture.
Dawn is a Feather-Keeper and artist. She spearheads a program that helps Ontario hunters recycle their wings and tails. Her husband Derek drives all of Eastern and Southern Ontario picking up the birds and Dawn cleans them at home. The feathers are then used in our Classroom Art & Knowledge Exchange workshops and to create feather bundles which are used in fundraising efforts.
For more information on our feather recycling program, click here FEATHERS FOR KIDS!
Please go to Dawn’s web page at PASSTHEFEATHER.CA
Hand Made Paper Art
My most recent art work involves historic processes of photo development, namely those that use the light of the sun for exposure. These photos are printed on my handmade paper.
The fibre for the paper is grown or collected on my property and is processed by hand with collected rainwater. It is cooked outdoors on an open fire. The fibre consists of sacred plant matters like corn, tobacco, sweet grasses, fallen trees and their limbs and other bast fibres that are traditionally used by Indian nations in ceremony, medicine and survival.
The use of these fibres is an essential ingredient to spiritual expression and acts as a crucial reminder of the versatility, vulnerability and endangerment of nature, Indian culture and the human spirit.