Dawn Iehstoseranon:nha

pass the feather, aboriginal arts collective of canada, indigenous art, aboriginal art, indigenous art directory, indigenous art workshops, feathers

DAWN mary francis

IEHSTOSERANON:NHA she keeps the feathers

Dawn  (Born: Mary Francis) Iehstoseranón:nha is Kanien'kehá:ka (Mohawk), Wakhskare:wake (Bear Clan) and a Feather Keeper. Territory of St.Regis/Akwesasne.


Dawn Setford, featherwork, graphic arts and design, multidisciplinary, paper making, paper arts, photographer, photography, workshops, facilitator, Indigenous Artist, First Nations, Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada, Pass The Feather

Dawn Mary Francis, is the founder and president of the Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (a Canada Not-for-profit Corporation) and owner at Pass The Feather. Dawn has dedicated herself full time to protecting endangered Indigenous art forms and their makers and works to empower the next generations of traditional Indigenous artists.

Dawn is a community-engaged visual and media artist who advocates for equality and facilitates the creation of informed opinions of Indigenous cultures. Dawn's background in the arts, business marketing and management is combined with her creativity to bring customers the very best representation.

Along with the IACC board of directors and friends like Zainab Muse and Mme Michaëlle Jean (Michaëlle Jean Foundation) we facilitated Remember Me: A National Day of Remembrance for the 1st National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, Parliament Hill, Ottawa (2021 & 2022)

Dawn is the organizer of the Indigenous Women's Arts and Entrepreneurship Conference. This event is held in Ottawa and offers free traditional Indigenous arts workshops to hundreds of Indigenous women. The conference also boasts a diverse vendor membership; dozens of artists sell their products in the shopping centre during the IWAC.

Dawn is the creator of IndigenARTSY.com. Under the umbrella of the Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada, Dawn has created the largest on line Indigenous artist collective and launched a new on line marketplace to advance Indigenous arts and artists.

Dawn has been a graphic designer for over 25 years. Her web and graphic design work includes  All Image Promotions (1994-1998), Century 21 Central America (1999), Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (Walking In Her Moccasins), Millside CeramicsRemember Me: A National Day of Remembrance (First National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, Parliament Hill, Ottawa, the Grey Bruce Aboriginal Qimmiq Team and 15 years serving the veterinary industry.

Consulting: Dawn has contributed to many advisory groups and has consulted with many organizations that are exploring better relationships with Indigenous peoples. She was a roundtable collaborator for the Indigenous Arts Economic Study by Indigenous and Northern Affairs, National Art Gallery of Canada, a regular contributor to Aboriginal Women’s Economic Quarterly Indigenous, Spirit Magazine (Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada) and works retail spaces and the powwow trail to market, educate and promote the hand made works of fine Indigenous artisans.

Dawn attended Niagara College, Brock University, George Eastman House (analog photography) and Dundas Valley School of Art. Major - visual arts, Minor - Aboriginal Studies.

Dawn spent 3 years living in Central America studying Indigenous cultures, their language and arts.

Where you can find her...


Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada Website: https://indigenousartscollective.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/passthefeather

Facebook Indigenous Arts Marketplace: https://www.facebook.com/indigenousartsauction

Instagram: pass_the_feather_indigenous

Dawn’s personal page: https://passthefeather.ca

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