Urban Shaman – the National Indian Leg Wrestling League and Blood on the Mic



Artist: Terrance Houle + Guest Performers

Dates: February 6 to March 14, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, February 6, 2015 at 8pm, leg-wrestling performances begin at 9pm 

Location: Urban Shaman’s Main and Marvin Francis Media Gallery


Artist Statement:
The National Indian Leg Wrestling League of North America or NILWLNA is a first for Winnipeg and Canada. Mythical “Indian Wrestlers” take their place in and around a wrestling ring at Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery. Much of Terrance Houle’s practice is directed towards exploring racial and cultural stereotypes imposed upon First Nations people by non-Aboriginals. This exhibition, through a series of photographic images, investigates the Hollywood and media driven “Indian Wrestler’s” body through contemporary social and political frameworks. National Indian Leg Wrestling League of North America boldly questions how the Aboriginal body may be utilized to create and dismantle stereotypes of First Nations people within the portrait genre, professional sports, and farcical situations. Houle often utilizes his own body and the performance medium to delve into and explore colonialism and the cumulative social effects of racial typecasting. These images also question ideas related to personal and collective subjectivity, the power of the gaze, and the social constructs of Aboriginal portraiture.

Terrance Houle is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary media artist and a member of the Blood Tribe. Involved with Aboriginal communities all his life, he has traveled to reservations throughout North America participating in Powwow dancing along with his native ceremonies. Houle utilizes at his discretion performance, photography, video/film, music and painting. Likewise Houle’s practice includes tools of mass dissemination such as billboards and vinyl bus signage. A graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design, Terrance Houle received his B.F.A in 2003. His groundbreaking art quickly garnered him significant accolades and opportunities, including the 2003 invitation to participate in the Thematic Residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in. This Residency focused on 34 international indigenous people exploring issues of colonization and communion. Houle received the 2006 Enbridge Emerging Artist Award presented at the Mayors Luncheon for the Arts, City Of Calgary. After receiving many screenings of his short video/film work at the Toronto 2004 ImagineNATIVE Film Festival, Houle was awarded winner of Best Experimental Film. His work has been exhibited across Canada, Parts of the United States, Australia, Europe and England. Terrance Houle’s work was represented in his first “Major Solo Exhibition” GIVN’R opening at PLUG-IN Institute for Contemporary Art in Winnipeg, Manitoba, GIVN”R is a small retro exhibition of Terrance’s works in film, video, performance, installation, mixed media, and photography between 2003-2009.



Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery Presents:

“Blood On The Mic” / “My Bloody Valentine”

A Karaoke AND Meat Draw

Fundraising Event

Where: Urban Shaman Gallery on the National Indian Leg Wrestling League of North America (NILWLNA) Main Stage!

203-290 McDermot Ave. Winnipeg, MB

When: SATURDAY, February 14, 2015 at 8pm till Midnight

Cost: $5.00 at the door

As a nationally recognized leader in Aboriginal arts programming, we need the support of our community so it can sustain the best it can be and this fundraiser is to help our programming. So what better way to do it but through music and meat, and call the event “BLOOD ON THE MIC” this year Valentine style!!!

A MEAT DRAW for those new to the concept:

A raffle/draw is usually done in community centres, pubs or legions. Donated fresh meat (To be different we are having Fish and Veggie options too!) from butcher and/or grocer is raffled off for charity (in this case supporting Urban Shaman’s programming). FUN TIMES!!

We’ve combined all that is fun from legion nights… a mixture of raffle baskets, Meat draw and karaoke to make this a mind-blowing experience.

For more information about this or about Urban Shaman Gallery visit urbanahsman.org or call 204-942-2674

If you would like to donate or sponsor gift items for this event for our raffle baskets please contact Liz Garlicki Outreach Coordinator. ~Gitchi Miigwetch/ Hai Hai~


Community News


The Winnipeg Film Group’s Women’s Mosaic Film Project is a production support and film mentorship program to support women from Aboriginal or diverse cultural backgrounds to produce a first or second independent short film or video. There is ONE award available. This award includes $5,500 in cash and $2,000 in services from the Winnipeg Film Group and one-on-one assistance of an experienced woman filmmaker as project mentor. Go to the following Mosaic Film Project link to learn more.

Info-Session: February 5, 2015.

Application Deadline: February 26, 2015

Ben Williams
Production Centre Director
Winnipeg Film Group
204-925-3456 X109


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