Work of the Week: Caller of Blue Medicine Lodge

Date: May 29, 2018

In acknowledgment of Reconciliation Week, May 26 – June 1, 2018, marking the third anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), our Work of the Week is Caller of Blue Medicine Lodge by Dale Auger.

Dale Auger (1958 – 2008) was Sakaw Cree from the Bigstone Cree Nation in northern Alberta. Born in High Prairie, Alberta in 1958 he passed away on September 23, 2008 after a valiant battle with cancer. Auger is best known for his visually stunning and spiritually moving works of art.

Through his art, Auger created a powerful connection with the land and its natural laws.  His art bridges two worlds by blending the contemporary with the traditional.  Instead of depictions of Indigenous history and day-to-day Indigenous life that formed the core of his early art, Auger’s vividly coloured acrylics portray the deeper, more spiritual levels of Indigenous life, in particular the intricate links between nature and Indigenous spiritual beliefs.

Auger began his studies at the Alberta College of Art. He received a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and Doctorate in Education from the University of Calgary.  Not only was Auger an accomplished visual artist and academic, he was also a writer, singer, playwright, musician, photographer, storyteller and theatrical director. 

Artist Statement:

When I was a boy, I always had a love of the land. It used to talk to me. It taught m about relationships with other beings and that was the beginning of understanding my journeys. My paintings are voices from a spiritual journey. I have many spiritual journeys and each one takes me to new and exciting places. My colours are healing colours that come direct from the spirit world. My hope is that these paintings can help in your own spiritual healing journey.