Big Rock River: Contemporary Indigenous Art in an Ancient Land


Treaty 7 Territory encompasses the whole of southern Alberta and includes the ancient homelands of the Siksikaitsitapi (Blood Tribe, Piikani Nation, Siksika Nation and Aamskapi Pikuni), Tsuut’ina Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations (Bearspaw, Chiniki, and Wesley First Nations), as well as the historic homeland of the Metı́s Nation (Region 3). Ohkotoksitahtayi, the river named for the Big Rock and also known as the Sheep River, lies at the heart of this region and is imbued with and surrounded by thousands of years of Indigenous history, story and art. This narrative continues, revealed by the wealth of artistry being created by contemporary Indigenous artists who call Treaty 7 home, and whose practices are rooted in rich cultural legacies.

These practices are exemplified by the seven nationally recognized artists we are proud to represent in the Okotoks Art Gallery’s first exhibition of Treaty 7 art, including Judy Anderson, Brittney Bear Hat, tīná gúyáńí (Deer Road), Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal, Lucas Hale and Adrian Stimson.

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 17, 1:00-3:00pm. Everyone welcome.


We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. 

Logo for Canada Council for the Arts.

Exhibit type
Visual Arts
Large Gallery
Event type
Art Gallery
Okotoks Art Gallery