Contrary Company blends traditional and contemporary Anishinaabe concepts into everything they make. It was founded in 2020 by interdisciplinary Anishinaabe-Métis artist Fallon Simard. For this artist project, they made their own kookum scarf pattern, which is available in three different colours on their online shop. These scarves draw inspiration from traditional ecological knowledge found within Anishinaabe Aki (landscape). They are designed to situate the wearer in Anishinaabe landscape, connecting them to traditional medicine, land and knowledge. The scarf anchors the wearer in a space of medicine and healing by wrapping and protecting their body with white water lilies found on Anishinaabe territory.
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This is an article from our special all-Indigenous digital issue, “Sovereignty.”