P.O. Box 657
Fort Simpson, NT
|Picture: Tonya in Dettah, near to where she grew up in Yellowknife, NT||Original paintings of life in the north; the beauty, the people and the natural setting|
"Growing up in the North has had a profound effect on myself, not only as a person but also an artist. The ideas I explore in my art work consist of the possibility of the human race returning in a sense to a more integrated or involved relationship to their natural surroundings."
"It is time to recognize how important the human element is in the natural cycles of the land. The more we seperate ourselves by moving away from nature, the harder it will be for us to follow the earth's laws. If we are not unified with her, we are alienated from mother earth."
"In today's times of environmental turmoil I feel it's important to learn from our past and incorporate it with our technological society as we go forward. In essence, to take the best of both worlds."
Limited Edition Print - 500 in
"Deh Cho Sunset"
$75 (plus shipping)
Contact Visitor Information Center, Fort Simpson
(867) 695-3182 or (867) 695-3555
Tonya was born in Toronto, Ontario, but moved North at age seven to Yellowknife, N.W.T. She has also lived in Fort Smith. Currently, she resides in Fort Simpson at a Dene Bush Camp and paints full time. Her cultural background is a mix of Russian and Ojibwe.
Tonya has had many public showings of her art work including:
1992 Women's Center, Yellowknife
1995 Christmas Craft Bazzar, Ft. Simpson
1996 Festival of the Midnight Sun, Yellowknife
1996 The Great Northern Art Festival, Inuvik
1997 Visitor Information Center, Ft. Simpson
1997 Prince of Wales Heritage Center, Yellowknife
1997 Arctic Art Gallery, Yellowknife
Tonya's community beautification project (still underway): A giant mural that depicts the two lifestlyes that co-exist here in the North. Her mural is a positive look at how these lifestyles will link to the future. © 1998 Tonya Makletzoff
Dating back to the early 30's, this is one of the earliest structures still standing in Fort Simpson. The house overlooks "the flats" and the joining of the Mackenzie and Liard Rivers. The house belonged to a Metis that worked for the Hudson's Bay Company as their main trader. © 1998 Tonya Makletzoff
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Simpson at (867) 695-3182
Tonya has spent much time on the trapline. Trapper's Corner is inspired from her husband's cabin, and the cozy atmosphere that prevails, while outside the minus 40°C weather rages. © 1997 Tonya Makletzoff
Tonya's husband, Michael, crossing the Trout Lake winter road (close to Mackenzie highway)...time for a smoke break. Traditional traplines crisscross the modern roads in pursuit of an age old occupation. © 1997 Tonya Makletzoff
The Sacred Heart Church (Roman Catholic) has been a big part of native life in Fort Simpson. No longer, the dominant influence it once was, the lasting impact of early missionairies and priests can still be felt today.
Working in a different medium, Tonya's Wildmoon is painted on moosehide and framed in the shape of the traditional beaver stretching hide.
Inspired by a poem from Ojibwe writer Lenore Keeshig/Tobias, the painting represents how the media can impact life in a Native community.
" It was always better to be a cowboy than an Indian in the movies, because the cowboy always came out on top"
Travelling across the unspoilt vastness, this trapper is as dependent on the natural resources as were his grandparents
In June and July, the Caribou's horns are in velvet. The color is a vibrant red which complements the deep greens of the summer season.
A combination of philosophy and beliefs find a home on a traditional native drum case.
If you would like to commision a piece or would like to inquire about the artist or her work, please contact by email email@example.com or by snail mail (address above)
Tonya is looking for possible distributers of her work ... so if you wish to do so, please email.
Hope you enjoyed the page...Tonya