A murder of crows has taken up residence on the stairway in Maison Hazeur! And they appear to have found a friendly space to meet discretely, perched on surrounding beams and windows. Seen as harbingers of bad tidings in many Western cultures, the crow and raven are more often viewed as mischievous but respected messengers in Indigenous mythologies. Intelligible to the uninitiated, the birds’ murmurs in Atikamekw may leave passersby wondering whether they’re the subject of the tricksters’ impish gossip.
Eruoma Awashish is interested in the universality of expressions of the sacred. Her work employs a visual and symbolic language that links Indigenous and non-Indigenous traditions, emphasizing harmonious interrelationships in the balance of the circle of life. She has exhibited at the Contemporary Native Art Biennial (BACA), the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and the Musée d’art de Joliette.