Cree Native Arts and Crafts, in collaboration with the Cree Nation Youth Council and CALQ, are pleased to have Whapmagoostui Youth artists, Shannon Natachequan and Vivianne Sheshamush attend the Montreal First People’s Festival, Aug. 10 and 11 at Place des Festivals, 1-8 pm.

Vivianne Ouellet-Sheshamush

Vivianne is an up and coming young artist from the small fly-in Cree community of Whapmagoostui, Quebec.  She draws inspiration for her acrylics on canvas from the majestic and humbling landscapes that surround her home.  She has a unique ability to capture the mesmerizing northern lights and create pieces that tell the story of her deep Cree Cultural roots.

In addition to acrylics, Vivianne is a third generation beader. Learning the basics as a child from her grandmother, she has developed her own style by incorporating traditional motifs with contemporary materials.

Shannon Natachequan

The waters of the Hudson Bay call to this young artist from Whapmagoostui, Quebec.  A relatively new acrylics artist on the Eeyou Istchee arts scene, Shannon Natachequan is starting to make a name for herself through her spiritual depictions of the importance of the water and animals to Cree Culture.