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A campaign by artist Christi Belcourt has produced 1,723 pairs of handmade moccasin vamps from craftspeople all over North America. Ms. Belcourt is preparing to launch a six-year, 32-stop exhibition tour that raises awareness of violence against indigenous women

The collaborative art project Walking With Our Sisters consists of 1,723 pairs of moccasin vamps – the top portions of a pair of unfinished moccasins – meant to honour missing or murdered aboriginal women.

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Teresa Burrows, the non-aboriginal artist based in Thompson., Man., who designed these vamps, worries that society pays too much attention to killers and not enough to victims.

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Teresa Burrows, the non-aboriginal artist based in Thompson., Man., who designed these vamps, worries that society pays too much attention to killers and not enough to victims.

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Barry Ace, an artist from M’Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island in Ontario, made beaded vamps with flowers whose petals are transistors and centres are lightbulbs.

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These vamps are by Mary Jane Logan McCallum, an assistant professor at the University of Winnipeg’s history department.

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Kary Tsoie:an Robertson’s vamps. Walking With Our Sisters’ vamps are intentionally not sewn into full moccasins, to represent the ‘unfinished life’ of aboriginal victims, says organizer Christi Belcourt.

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Tee and Bill Shawnee from Oklahoma City produced vamps that are a combination of beadwork, photo collages and applique stones.

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The Walking With Our Sisters collection will be made available to the public on a six-year, 32-stop exhibition tour that begins Wednesday at Edmonton’s Telus Centre. For more information, visit walkingwithoursisters.ca.

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