Aboriginal artist Jane Dragon’s contribution to the promotion and preservation of aboriginal art has been significant. A Chipewyan elder, Jane Dragon has lived in Fort Smith for most of her life. She and her late husband, David, trapped on their trapline and provided many of the furs she works with today.
Jane has been sewing traditional native garments and crafts since she was a young child. Her work has been showcased extensively, and is worn by proud owners across the world. She has attended World Expositions in both Canada and Germany as a featured artist . In the past, Jane’s sewing has been highlighted in a personal display of her work with furs and hide, including a representation of the various stages of moose hide tanning in the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa.
Jane has received all three of the prestigious Queen’s Jubilee Medals (Gold, Silver and Diamond) for both her community service and stewardship of the traditional Aboriginal way of life. She was also awarded the distinguished NWT Wise Woman Award in 2002.
Raising a large Metis family of 6 children, she is now a 75-year-old grandmother (Setsune’ in chipewyan) to 12 and the great-grandmother to two little girls.
Setsune’ willingly shares her traditional knowledge and is famous for her hockey bags full of aboriginal art/sewing and northern furs, boasting fur beating pelts for every animal of the NWT. She continues to delight many with her daily cooking of country foods; moose stews, geese, ducks and bannock. Info and pic creds: nwtarts.com. For the complete article on Jane Dragon, visit nwtarts.com/artist-profile/jane-dragon.