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Canadian Flag/Flower
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start quoteAnd just by glancing over the stack (of photos) I thought, well, is that a flower? I don't remember taking that. And I looked, and it turned out to be a flag.end quote-- David Garneau

The flag/flower paintings, of which Canadian Flag/Flower is one, deal with David's research into his Métis heritage. The  seriesA number of things or events standing or succeeding in order, and connected by a like relation; sequence; order; course; a succession of things; as, a continuous series of calamitous events. (The Online Plain Text English Dictionary)  includes a British flag/flower, a United States flag/flower and a Canadian flag/flower (the one seen above). 

The flag/flower series came about as Garneau was researching the Carlton Trail, the main overland route used to populate land from Winnipeg, Manitoba, through Batoche, Saskatchewan and Fort Carlton, Saskatchewan to Edmonton, Alberta. His great grandfather had regularly travelled this trail as the west was opened to settlers many years ago. Garneau travelled and explored this route and painted the flags he observed at key stops along the way.  You can see examples of the Canadian, American and British flags below.

Garneau continues to retrace his heritage and discover his past in order to reclaim his Métis identity and history.

additional resources On Discovering and Embracing His Métis Ancestry
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Size: 3762kb
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Barthes, Roland.  Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography.  New York:  Hill and Wang, 1982.

Garneau, David.  2003.  ‘What I Say.’  David Garneau Online Portfolio.  Retrieved from the Internet on March 25, 2009 from:  http://uregina.ca/~garneaud/whatisay_4.html

Mattes, Cathy.  ‘David Garneau’s Métis Self and I – a Work in Progress.’  A response to the exhibition Cowboys and Indians (and Métis?): David Garneau.  2003.  Retrieved from the Internet on August 10, 2008 from:  http://www.aceart.org/wordpress/criticaldistance.php?p=402.

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