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little red river fox shop

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Tân'si // Hello

Hello from the ‘Little Red River Fox Shop’ – A Métis owned home studio located in the historic village of Merrickville, Ontario.


I offer contemporary handmade Indigenous art, made along the Rideau River, within The traditional territory of the Algonquin people – Also called The Ottawa Valley.


Open in person *by appointment only* - for select custom projects.


Limited edition collections are available online, or at select art markets.

Field notes

Anna is a contemporary Indigenous artist. Her main focus is beadwork - embroidery, loom, and stitch styles. She is also an illustrator, painter, web designer, digital storyteller, and occasional muralist. Her pieces are thoughtfully designed, slow-made, and one-of-a-kind. Each artwork is carefully crafted by hand, influenced by traditional craft, and inspired by a deep interest in ecology, kinship, and reciprocity.


Anna is a Red River Métis with roots in the West, where her family lived with Métis kin and in community with many diverse first nations. Her father was born on Peace River, in Fort Vermilion, Alberta – Treaty 8 – MNA Region 6. She grew up nearby the Waterford Ponds, and currently lives next door to the Rideau River.


Over the past 8 years she has been called to flex her local leadership skills and granted the privilege of working on a number of Economic Development projects with the City of Toronto. However, recently she has truly cherished the time she has been afforded to explore her more artistic side, during the transition to her first home in the beautiful Village of Merrickville.


Outside of creating, Anna is also an aspiring horticultural specialist passionate about promoting the function and processes of native plants, conservation, stewardship, ecosystem restoration, adaptation and mitigation strategies for climate change, and nature-based solutions for carbon sequestration.


ᑭᓇᓈᐢᑯᒥᑎᐣ // Kinanâskomitin // Thank you, I appreciate you

As a small ‘Thank You’ to express my appreciation for your ongoing encouragement and support, I will be offering an additional ongoing giveaway throughout 2024.


I am so grateful for the opportunity to connect here with like minded folks from all walks of life and lived experiences. To have deeper dialogues about diverse worldviews and shared perspectives.


Every new moon cycle I will be gifting one surprise pair of lunar phases, in a randomly selected colour, to someone who places an online order.


As an artist and small business owner I am always grateful to receive new orders and thrilled to share my work.

🪡…


In what ways do you observe the quiet natural rhythms of your own life?


Which concept of time resonates most with you - the constructed calendar, or your natural environment and cycles?


What priorities or agendas (self-imposed or external pressure) do you think may influence your concepts of time, especially in relation to productivity, rest, connection, or isolation?


Consider how the moon and sun are seen from many perspectives, latitudes, longitudes, environments and hemispheres. How does this concept compare and contrast to the idea of adherence to a “global calendar”?


Has anyone ever taught you about the rhythms of the moon – the unique phases of each cycle? Any spiritual attributes, links to the land, or our own biology?


Has your cultural community shared any stories related to the moon? If so where did you first hear that story? What themes, lessons, or threads of thought can you identify in these stories?


How could committing to honouring the moon cycles, and better observing the lunar phases be considered an act of rematriation or decolonization?


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The Little mahkêsîs

// fox from red river

Known for their playfulness and independence, foxes recognize the importance of healthy boundaries and value their peace. They are highly observant yet unassuming, carefully taking note of their surroundings with the goal of living a communal life of abundance and comfort. These mischievous and playful spirits move in silence unless they choose to make themselves known.


Foxes are resilient and carry generational knowledge in the ways of subsistence: finding food, facing extreme weather, outwitting predators, and protecting their young. Foxes have highly developed social systems, forming strong pair bonds and raising "kits" communally. Foxes are a symbol of protection and resilience,


In many indigenous communities, including my own (Cree - Métis), a fox's spiritual presence is known as the best guide to someone's destined path. So they also symbolize personal growth and spiritual expansion. Seeing a fox could mean that you have a situation that needs to be solved. Foxes present spiritual wisdom to help direct you if you are open to connection, This can be a good way to find peace with your actions.


Cultural Continuity

Beading is medicine – it encourages us to find moments of reflection and grounding while we work.


Beading is one of many pathways to reconnecting with and reclaiming aspects of our respective indigenous cultures and rooted traditions.


To be able to learn and speak our languages while we do this is especially powerful.


I am grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from some elders and knowledge keepers along the way, including ancestral languages.


Thank you to Dr Kevin wâsakâyâsiw Lewis – nêhiyaw (Plains Cree) instructor, researcher and writer – for sharing teachings and Cree language.


As well as Koohkoom Marie Schoenthal for sharing stories and lessons on Michif, including a few Métis songs.


I am also grateful to my first teacher of embroidery style beadwork – Marissa Magneson - Cree-Métis artist, photographer, educator, and workshop facilitator with a deep understanding of beadwork as pedagogy.


Kinanâskomitin

Women's Beige Sleeveless Blouse Raising Hands
Photo of Person Holding Roses

Artistic Process

I would say that most of the threads of thought that my work grows from center in some common themes.



Western Red Lily (Wapayoominusk, Cree) The flowers, seeds, and bulbs have been used as food; Some Cree and other First Nations people eat the bulb fresh or dried. The roots and flowers have been used medicinally by First Nations people living within the plants’ range, including the Ojibwe, Algonquin and Malecite.


Client work

All custom pieces designed for my amazing clients are created with spirit, story, and significance.


Follow along as I document my creative process,

Creative Collaborations

I am currently looking to connect with other artists who examine. similar themes throughout their work, or are interested in reciprocal expansion...

I am hoping to identify relevant organizations that have interestes in developing an ongoing engagement processes to collaborate with artists in partnership for purpose driven projects, I am especially interested in helping to spread awareness of Species at Risk.

Work With Me

I am always open to exploring collaborations with indigenous kin. especially with my Family’s community in Treaty 8, Alberta or indigenous folks living in the Ottawa Valley

A percentage of funds from all sales will go to support equity-seeking indigenous communities and indigenous-led environmental initiatives.

I'm currently in the process of researching specific organizations and will provide updates on those selected. If you have a recommendation please feel free to let me know! I am leaning towards something akin to Land Needs Guardians – Specifically Indigenous led and centered in ecological restoration and regenerative practices – I have reached out to them, but have yet to hear back.

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Maple Leaf Illustration

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Upcoming Events

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Offerings

Ecology

Collection

The beginning of what will be an ongoing ecology series where I hope to focus on the beauty of natural systems in balance, but also call attention to important calls to action through my work.


Lunar Collection

This collection was crafted throughout a time of quiet transition - during a return to rest and reflection. Let the cycles of the moon serve as a gentle reminder to protect your peace, your time, and your energy. 🌙


Even in the most uncertain times, enjoy the quiet, calm rhythms of your life.

Spring Floral

Collection

The spring equinox symbolizes rebirth and new beginnings. A moment of stillness before shifting directions. During this time your spirit is waking up with new ideas and new dreams for your life. The fresh, warm energy of this seasonal transition has the power to make you feel alive and inspired.


And More...

Custom Orders

I am occasionally available for commissioned work, as well as custom orders. This may include coordinating small tweaks to my original designs such as modified ear wires, or an alternative colour palette.

Spool of Thread

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Introduction

Tân’si nitôtêmak // Hello, how are you my friends?


My name is Anna, and I am a Métis Artist living in the Ottawa area – MNO Region 6 – The traditional territory of many aboriginal nations including the Algonquin, the Anishinaabeg, the Mississaugas, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples.



Spools of Thread and Needle

Our family has Indigenous roots in the West, where we lived with our Métis kin and in community with many diverse first nations.


My grandmother was Vina Martha Cardinal. Her parents were Agnes and Augustin Cardinal. My Father Keith Dredge was born on Peace River nearby Fort Vermilion.


We are Métis – also known as :


Red River Métis

Michif

The Flower Beadwork People

Apihtawikosisan ᐊᐱᐦᑕᐃᐧᑯᓯᓴᐣ

Nêhiyaw Apihtawkowsanak

Otipemisiwak




Various Sewing Tools

My Great Grandmother Agnes

Prairie Rose beaded moccasins made by my Grandma Vina, for my Aunt Gail

Fort Vermillion was established in the late 1700s to replace Pine Island and Fort George. It was located opposite the mouth of the Vermillion River where it enters the Peace River.


The area was inhabited by Dunneza (Beaver), Dene, and then Cree long before the arrival of European traders and settlers.


Named for the vermilion-coloured clays lining the river banks, Fort Vermilion began as a trading community for the North West Company, upstream of the impassible Vermilion chutes.


I am of the first generation born in Ontario in my family line, as my Dad was born on Peace River in Alberta, Treaty 8 – MNA Region 6.


Fort Vermillion, Fort Chipewyan, Dunvegan, and Red River are just a few of the areas our family has called home.


I also carry some English, Irish, Polish and Cree ancestry.


Like most indigenous folks, my family has experienced some of the many impacts of ongoing colonization and racism. Notably, My Grandmother was taken to a residential school in Fort Vermillion.


True to my Métis roots I am a beader, digital storyteller, ecology enthusiast, and admirer of traditional craft, as well as contemporary indigenous art and fashion.


I am drawn to and inspired by individuals and communities that value indigenous leadership and decolonial dialogue.



I often wonder what life would have been like if our family had stayed rooted in the prairies. If I may have had more opportunities to learn from language and knowledge keepers earlier in life, and how a deeper connection to the land may have changed who I am today.


Would I be more familiar with plant medicines? Would I know how to hunt or practice traditional foodways? Would I have felt a sense of belonging that I lacked growing up? at school? in downtown offices?


It’s hard to pinpoint one reason my grandparents chose to relocate to Ontario, but I suspect this is often a common thread with indigenous kin who find themselves displaced from their traditional territories.


I am a citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario, and I am grateful for the friendships and connections I have made through the MNO, as well as the Toronto and York Métis Council during my time in the city. My partner and I have recently moved to the Ottawa area, where I hope to find continued connection. We are living in a notably more rural area now, so that does of course create some challenges.

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Ongoing Themes of focus

The beautiful drawing that served as the foundation for this beadwork was shared with me by @madebykrisanne of Cree First Nation of Waswanipi – She is a talented beadwork artist, and this particular template design was recreated from her late grandmother’s floral beadwork 🤍 I think that this is such a beautiful way to honour her spirit and continue to share her creative gifts in living memory. Krisanne’s Grandmother (googoo) Gerti Murdoch was well known for her work within all 9 Cree communities

Rematriation

Lately when I catch my reflection in the mirror, I’m surprised to see glimpses of the two women I would most like to converse with these days looking back at me. It’s a strange feeling of pride in connection, weighed down by the loss of their light in my life. Slipped away to the next room. Somewhere. Very near. Just around the corner. Or fireside but just out of sight.


What does Rematriation look like when you’ve lost a living connection to Matriarchs within your family or community?


This is a process I am doing my best to navigate daily, and for me that looks like cultivating friendships with women that are intentional and supportive, seeking out inspiration from leaders with values rooted in kinship, seeking guidance through traditional ceremony and land-based learning, and leaning in to support other indigenous women to continue thriving, and living in a good way.


I highly recommend the

AMR podcast

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Red Cardinal Bird
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Reciprocity

Wahkohtowin, is a way I have been taught to describe “laws” that are seen in the natural world, which can help guide our human actions. This Cree concept speaks to the interconnectedness of all things, all our relations, and our responsibilities.


This concept is about living with each other “in a good way – ensuring we maintain balance – that we never take more than we need. It’s about considering how our actions today will impact the next seven generations. It’s about our shared role as stewards to the land and our responsibilities to human and non-human kin


For me beadwork as a practice is not something centered in gaining profit, rather it is a creative expression and a means of connection to my roots, spirit, and community. Primarily it is a designated time to hold space. for reflection, and more widely an opportunity to reach out and nurture deeper connections with those around me – from all walks of life, and especially other indigenous folks. Gifting beadwork to friends and family is one of my greatest joys. Beadwork has of course played a part in economic empowerment of native artists historically, through sale and trade, but primarily it is a practice in cultural continuity rooted in traditional pedagogy.


Like most beadwork artists, nothing I list will be mass-produced or created for the purpose of turning a profit. I aim to share my work I do charge for my listed beadwork to help compensate for my time and materials. I also try my best to always source ethically and support other indigenous small businesses when gathering materials for my artwork or beading. My goal is to hold space to continue my practice and lean into reflection and connection, including learning more of my ancestral languages – cree and michif.

KINSHIP

Watch for upcoming posts about my ongoing ecology series where I hope to focus on the beauty of natural systems in balance and amplify narratives of reciprocity.


A kind of exploration into the interconnected web of mutual benefit and the responsibility of community care. I am actively seeking to expand my understanding of local biodiversity and important keystone species. This includes exploring existing conservation efforts, especially those that center ecological restoration and regenerative practices.


I aim to engage with community throughout my artistic process to further encourage land-based learning and living in good relation with our human and non-human kin.

Thread and Needle

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Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.

– Chief Seattle

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As an artist and small business owner I am always grateful to receive new orders and thrilled to share my work – Kinanâskomitin

// Thank you so much for your support!

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Address


Merrickville, Ontario

K0G 1N0


Bay Street Corridor,

Toronto, Ontario

M5S 3A3

Email


hello@littleredriverfox (dot com)

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