Highlighting Indigenous Artists and Book Covers by John Borrows

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John Borrows has published books with the University of Toronto Press for over 20 years. With each book, Professor Borrows commissions Anishinaabe artists or family members and invites them to create visual expressions that convey the book’s themes. Ideas and images emerge over a period of months as John and the artist discuss one another’s work to discover how they relate to one another. After these initial collaborations, the artists paint their ideas on canvas and generates original works. Once the paintings are complete, they are digitized and formatted as pictures, and titles and text are added, to complete the process. This process developed with the encouragement and support of Dan Quinlan, Senior Acquisitions Editor with the University of Toronto Press, who has worked with John in the publication of each book. When Professor Borrows first raised this idea with Dan, after John’s first book was accepted for publication, Dan was very encouraging. “Without Dan’s support, this would have never happened”, John writes. “His support was key in bringing these artists’ work to light in this format.”

Voicing Identity

Cover art by Blake Angeconeb.

Blake Angeconeb is an Anishinaabe woodlands artist who hails from Treaty 3 territory. His first venture into art began 6 years ago during a fun painting session with his younger niece, which has since launched him into a full-time career as an artist. Blake’s primary practice involves acrylics and multimedia on canvas, blending the school of woodlands art with pop culture references. Blake is a self-trained painter with a growing collection of small and large scale works who enjoys collaborating with other artists. He is part of the Caribou clan and a proud member of Lac Seul First Nation.

Learn more about the artist: https://blakeangeconeb.com/

Wise Practices

Cover art by Chelsea Reid (CA Reid).

Chelsea Reid (CA Reid) – Creative Director of Earth & Sky Studio is an Artist and Coordinator from Northeastern Ontario. She is a member of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek currently living in Nipissing / North Bay. Her work often highlights the interconnection of living systems through fractal geometry, and in recent years has explored digital archiving in context of cultural preservation. Other areas of research include digital humanities and media history, holding an interest in axiology and ideological construction through the arts.

Learn more about the artist: https://earthandskystudio.ca/

Law’s Indigenous Ethics

Cover art by Estrella Whetung.

Won the 2020 Best Subsequent Book Award from Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA), and 2020 W. Wes Pue Best Book Award from the Canadian Law and Society Association.

Estrella Whetung is a lifelong practicing multi-disciplinary Mississauga Nishnaabe Lucbanin artist with a focus on traditional Anishnaabe beadwork, contemporary Woodlands painting, digital illustration, and mixed media. She has over fifteen years of professional work experience as an artist and over ten years of experience lecturing and teaching Indigenous art and media history. She is an Indigenous Governance Master of Arts alum (IGOV) and an IGOV PhD candidate working within the fields of curriculum development, arts education, and community-based Indigenous research. She is grateful to be working and residing on the territories of the Lək̓ʷəŋən, WSÁNEĆ, and Sc’ianew peoples and is constantly humbled by their abundance of compassion and generosity.

Learn more about the artist: https://legacy.uvic.ca/gallery/onbeadedground/estrella-whetung/

Resurgence and Reconciliation

Cover art by Estrella Whetung (see artist bio above).

Learn more about the artist: https://legacy.uvic.ca/gallery/onbeadedground/estrella-whetung/

The Right Relationship

Cover art by Don McIntyre.

Don McIntyre is Ojibway of the Wolf Clan from Timiskaming First Nation. His Anishinabe mowin name is AhnAhnsisi. He has been adopted, in the Potlatch, by the Beaver Clan of the Nisga’a and carries the Blackfoot name Makóyoomaahkaa. Don is an Assistant Professor at the University of Lethbridge in the Dhillon School of Business as well as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo where he is affiliated with the Waterloo Institute of Social Innovation and Research (WISIR).

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Recovering Canada

Cover art joint composed by John Borrows and his father, Joseph Borrows.

Won the 2002 Donald Smiley Award Best Book in Canadian Political Science.

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Freedom and Indigenous Constitutionalism

Cover art by Charmaine Jenner (Tauchkwe).

Charmaine Jenner (Tauchkwe) is a self-taught local artist from Neyaashiinigmiing, the Chippewas of the Nawash First Nation, Ontario.

Canada’s Indigenous Constitution

Cover art joint composed by John Borrows and his father, Joseph Borrows.

Won the 2011 Canadian Law and Society Best Book Award.

Drawing Out Law

Cover art by John Borrows.


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