Work of the Week: Turtle Land

Date: Jan 30, 2018

The Work of the Week for January 29 - February 5, 2018 is Turtle Land by Alex Janvier.

Turtle Island is an Indigenous word for North America prior to European colonization. In this painting Janvier is referring to the actual Turtle Island which exists between the borders of Michigan and Ohio. His maternal grandmother was Saulteaux which is one tribe contained within the culturally related group of tribes forming the Anishinaabe, and came from the area of East Michigan. She belonged to the Turtle Clan and this painting is to honour his grandmother by rendering homage to her clan.

This artwork was acquired through the recommendations of artist and curator, Joane Cardinal-Schubert (1942 – 2009), through a special curatorial initiative to increase the holdings and representation of Indigenous artists in the AFA collection.

During January 2018, we featured Dr. Cardinal-Schubert's artwork currently included in the AFA Collection, as well as work she helped the AFA to acquire, to celebrate the announcement of the one-time funding opportunity: the Dr. Joane Cardinal-Schubert Fellowship for Indigenous Curators. This fellowship was designed to support the growth and development of curatorial talent and enhance representation of Indigenous artists in the AFA collection.

View more of Alex Janvier's artwork included in the AFA collection by exploring the AFA virtual museum. You can also learn more about the artist and his work by exploring his website at

AFA Virtual Museum