2014 has been a very sad year for our initiative. All three of our senior artists did pass away and are continuing their journey into the spirit world.
David J. Brooks was an exceptional artist who participated in our Friends United Aboriginal Art collective. He was very passionate about Aboriginal art, culture and tradition and throughout his life, dedicated himself to bringing awareness about Aboriginal culture through art. His artwork inspired many people around the world as his paintings told many important stories and will continue to do so.
Norman PeterPaul was an extraordinary carver and enjoyed carving large totem poles, wood peace pipes and made beautiful hunting bows. He selected trees which he wanted to turn into art and created the most beautiful carvings of animals and faces. Norman was also a Friends United artist and is the father of Friends United artist Fancy PeterPaul.
Sandra Simon was a very dear friend who was very passionate about her quill works and baskets. She taught many First Nations children the skill of quill basket making, in order to pass on this very important tradition and to preserve her knowledge for future generations. Sandra guided all our members spiritually and had a very kind heart and an contagious smile. She passed on her very good ethics and attitudes to her son Darren Julian and her daughter-in-law Amanda Julian, who are also members of our initiative. Sandra was like a mother to us.
All three artists are leaving behind their children who are also artists of our Friends United initiative. We will together carry on the legacy of our three friends and tell the world about their lives.
We will miss David, Norman and Sandra dearly and will continue to pray for their families during this difficult time. May their souls rest in peace.
The “Friends United” project was designed and created to honour First Nations people. Its purpose is to build bridges and create a mutual understanding through art between First Nations people, their communities and all other peoples.
Das Friends United” Projekt wurde ins Leben gerufen, um die indianischen Völker zu ehren. Der Zweck unserer Initiative ist es, durch Kunst Brücken zu bauen und ein beidseitiges Verständnis füreinander herzustellen zwischen indianischen Völkern, ihren Gemeinden und allen anderen Völkern.