Beneath a velvet moon
E. Pauline Johnson, Tekahionwake (1861-1913) is a writer, poet and performer who drew upon her Canadian and Mohawk upbringing on the Six Nations of the Grand River and Brantford in Upper Canada/Ontario. Landon Mackenzie is a Canadian artist, living on the unceded traditional lands of the Coast Salish.
E. Pauline Johnson, Tekahionwake (1861-1913) is an acclaimed writer, poet and performer who uniquely drew upon her Canadian and Mohawk upbringing on the Six Nations of the Grand River and Brantford in Upper Canada/Ontario. Through her English-born mother she had excellent exposure to poetry and through her father, Mohawk Chief George Johnson and grandfather, Smoke Johnson, was taught the legends and oratory traditions of her Haudenosaunee ancestry. She adopted the name of her great-grandfather, Tekahionwake (aka Jacob Johnson, b. 1758), at the start of her career. As one of Canada’s earliest performance artists, she crossed the country many times before finally settling in Vancouver. In her lifetime Johnson performed in many venues and published four books: The White Wampum (1895), Canadian Born (1903), Legends of Vancouver (1911), and Flint and Feather (1912).
Landon Mackenzie (1954-) is an acclaimed Canadian artist, living on the unceded traditional lands of the Coast Salish. She has shown in over 100 exhibitions across Canada, Europe, USA, and Asia and is widely admired for her large-format paintings such as the Mapping Trilogy or Lost River Series. Her works are held in many collections including the National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and Vancouver Art Gallery. Mackenzie, a descendent of early Scottish, Irish and English settlers grew up in Toronto. She is a professor emerita at Emily Carr University of Art + Design (Vancouver) and holds a BFA from NSCAD (Halifax) and an MFA from Concordia (Montreal). Mackenzie has received many awards including the 2017 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.