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Kimowan Metchewais

Kimowan Metchewais

A Kind of Prayer

Kimowan Metchewais
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A Kind of Prayer presents the first-ever survey dedicated to the late Cree artist Kimowan Metchewais and his singular body of work on Indigenous identity, community, and colonial memory.


After his untimely death at age forty-eight in 2011, Metchewais left behind a wholly original and expansive body of photographic and mixed-media work. At the center of his practice is an extensive Polaroid archive, which addresses a range of themes--including the artist's body, performative self-portraiture, language, landscapes, and everyday subjects--and served as the source material for works in other media, such as painting and collage. Metchewais's exquisitely layered works offer a poetic meditation on his connection to home and land, while challenging conventional narratives and representations of Indigeneity.


Metchewais was a contemporary artist of stunning originality, and until now, his work has been woefully understudied, -published, and -exhibited. A Kind of Prayer is a comprehensive overview that showcases this essential artist's astonishing vision.


Kimowan Metchewais (1963-2011; born in Oxbow, Saskatchewan, Canada) was a multidisciplinary Cree artist who began his artistic career working as an illustrator and editor at the Native newspaper Windspeaker. He later received his bachelor of fine arts at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, before completing his master of fine arts at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. In 1995, Metchewais received the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship to spend the summer at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, and in 1996, a national award from the Canadian Native Arts Foundation. At the time of his untimely death, he was associate professor in the art department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Natalie Diaz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning, Mojave American poet, essayist, and linguist. She is the author of When My Brother Was an Aztec (2012) and Postcolonial Love Poem (2020).

Christopher Green is a writer and art historian whose research focuses on modern and contemporary Native American art and material culture. His work has appeared in ApertureArtforumArt in America, and Frieze, among other publications.

Emily Moazami is assistant head archivist at the National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC.

Jeff Whetstone is professor and head of photography at Princeton University, New Jersey.


  • Publisher: Aperture (January 10, 2023)
  • Language: English
  • Hardcover: 268 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1597115320
  • ISBN-13: 9781597115322
  • Item Weight: 1.74 pounds
  • Dimensions: 7.75 x 1 x 10.55 inches
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