"Métis Rose III"
by Kristi Bridgeman and Lisa Shepherd
The Métis matriarchs of early British Columbia, often in the historical shadows of their husbands, were well educated, had the ability to speak many languages and could carry on the business of the trade. At the same time, their knowledge of plant medicine and ability to live off the land, ensured survival when everywhere west of the Rockies was still considered wild. Their mastery of beadwork, embroidery and functional leather work was much sought after and, through trade, provided means for their families. In the Pacific Northwest (British Columbia), it was Métis women who married HBC officers and were therefore, for a brief period of time, within the upper echelons of society.
Métis Rose III is dedicated to Isabella Mainville Ross. Isabella was a Métis woman of Anishinaabe and French lineage who married HBC Chief Trader Charles Ross with whom she had nine children. She was known as a strong and courageous woman who knew the plants and their medicinal uses. A decade after her husband died, Isabella purchased 99 acres of land near Fort Victoria, making her the first female landowner in British Columbia. To read about this artist collaboration, see this web page.
*ART CARDS: 6"x6" greeting card. Includes design story, artist bio, and envelope. If matted, off-white non-yellowing mat is added to the print, perfect for framing. Printed locally, 100% recycled FSC-certified paper.
*PRINTS: The large print image itself is 12"x12" and the paper extends to 13"x13". If matted, off-white non-yellowing mat is added to the print, perfect for framing. Includes design story and artist bio. Printed locally, 100% recycled FSC-certified paper.
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