“Follow Annora Brown’s story”, I told myself, “and see what it tells me.” It’s been a wonderful journey of discovery, disclosing the source for many of my basic values.
Her story has about it an aura in influence that has touched many of us, whether or not we were aware of it at the time.
Consider my connection with the Blackfoot People. Only recently have I become acutely aware of the intentional policies of degradation practiced by our Federal Government. Politically, inadequate health care and educational funding, and denial of infrastructure budgets became the norm. The People were discredited, and attempts were made to destroy Aboriginal culture.
But still I clung to my respect of Native cultures and wished that my own rural people could name our cultural roots after a similar fashion. Thanks to Annora Brown’s wonderful illustration in our school books, and her artistic preservation of Blackfoot designs and story – her aura of influence nurtured me. This is a culture, she proclaimed, to be respected. This people with different traditions has much to teach us.
Her passion for the spirit of wilderness was infectious – in her paintings, in her illustrations, in her stories, in her teachings. The camouflaged fawn, the bluebird perched on a bush in blossom, the lacy bear grass and delicate glacier lily … We, from the-land-where-the-mountains-meet-the-prairie, could feel her love of the land and the chinook. Her aura of influence makes us proud to be rural, and ready to learn how to conserve and preserve the wonder of the wild places.
We will be presenting our dramatization of “Annora Brown: Interpreter of the Foothills” at the Waterton Wildflower Festival on Sunday, June 18, 7:30 pm at the (Waterton) Falls Theatre. The public is welcome to join us!
Our play starts with her being called back to Fort Macleod to care for her parents, follows her as she finds brief moments of renewal in the Porcupine Hills, and spends more and more time in the mountains. It ends with her exhausting challenge to meet the Glenbow Museum’s contract to paint 200 of the most rare wild flowers from southwestern Alberta. Such a legacy, indeed!
15 - Annora Brown’s Aura of Influence – Joyce Sasse
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Digitized photographs of 260 Annora Brown paintings in the Glenbow Museum (wild flowers, Blackfoot culture & art, landscapes in the Oldman and Waterton River drainage area) can be viewed at:
Mountain Shooting Star 58.45.23 - Collection of Glenbow
Used with permission of Annora Brown Estate