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St. Regis, Quebec, 1919
Chenail, Quebec, 2010
Biography synopsis
First Nations artist Celia Sunday (also known as Cecilia Cree) was recognized for her basket weaving and textile work. Born in St. Regis, Quebec (some sources state Akwesasne Mohawk Reserve in Ontario) to Dominic and Christie Cree Cook, Sunday attended a convent in Hogansburg. In 1933, she married Joseph B. Sunday; she and her husband created many traditional Mohawk baskets together until he passed away in 1986. The artist herself passed away peacefully in her home in Chenail.
Media used
Basket making
Costume design
File & Archive locations
Thunder Bay Art Gallery, ON - Resource Centre

Writings about
Bol, Marsha. North, South, East, West: American Indians and the Natural World. Pittsburgh: Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 1998.
Mowat, Linda et al. Basketmakers: Meaning and Form in Native American Baskets. Oxford: Pitt Rivers Museum, 1992.
Reno, Dawn E. Contemporary Native American Artists. Brooklyn, New York: Alliance Publishing, 1995.
Vecsey, Christopher. The Path of Kateri's Kin. Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 1997.

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