The coloring book shows Tłı̨chǫ art as seen by young people
The book under the title Unity Posted by Hay River native featured author Crystal Salamon. It suggests coloring more than twenty mandalas, circular drawings containing geometric patterns, developed by students.
Crystal Salamon’s former teacher, Karen Gelderman, is the initiator of the project. She says that it took several years to realize the idea and that it was spearheaded by her former student.
Celebrating Tłı̨chǫ women
This idea first sprouted in Karen Gelderman’s head when young student moms asked her to photocopy drawings they were making so their children could color them.
This inspired me to make a book out of it to take home.she explains.
This is the reason why she devotes herself Unity
to the Tłı̨chǫ women whose beautiful traditional beadwork, embroidery and needlework inspire us.
It is also part of the tradition of gifting handicrafts to family members and friends.
It spreads art and beautyshe adds.
It is also
a way to encourage children to develop their art, points out Crystal Salamon for her part. Giving back to the young people of the new generation what she herself received from her teacher, she says, has the impression of a rounded cycle.
Income from book sales Unity will be used to fund art programs in Tłı̨chǫ schools.
With information from John Van Dusen and the show End of the trail