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Art as healing

Meet Mo Thunder, the artist who created the New Journeys Haudenosaunee theme

Mo Thunder is Onyota’a:ka (Oneida) and French-Canadian. They’re a non-binary, neurodivergent artist from a small town along the St. Clair River and are currently based on One Dish One Spoon Territory / T’karonto (Toronto). Mo holds a BFA in studio art with a focus on drawing, silkscreen printing, photography and video from Fanshawe College and the University of Lethbridge, however, much of their current art practice is self and community-taught. Through their multidisciplinary art practice (painting, murals, mixed media, beading, journaling, poetry and textiles), they create visual stories about their lived experiences through their mind, heart, spirit and body. Mo is inspired by intergenerational connections, ancestors, kin, community, healing, all of Creation, sky world and personal + collective empowerment. 

They are inspired by the healing journey: "I have the passion for community engagement and collaboration where stories are shared through the art making process. Through a holistic approach, it is my aim to empower people by honing in on individuals' strengths. My goal is to build art projects that lead to a deep sense of understanding while connecting through unity, collaboration and transformation.”

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New Journeys now has seven different themes that feature Indigenous artists and languages from across Canada. These themes aim to showcase and celebrate the diversity of Indigenous culture in this country. To explore the different themes, click the flower button at the top right of this page.

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