Who is White Bear

Standing Creative?

White Bear Standing is a name that was given to Artist Sherry Crawford during a Shake Tent Ceremony over 20 years ago. Sherry is a proud member of the Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin Nation and has been honored to have picked up a  bit of her Algonquin culture through Ceremony, Workshops, Elders Gatherings, Conferences & Research. She has been painting and drawing for many years and has found many of her Teachings make their way into her Art.

In 2005/6, Sherry returned to school and earned a degree In Social Service Work through First Nations Technical Institute, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory & St. Lawrence College. She was honored to be a circle member at Niijkiwendida Anishinaabe Kwewag Services Circle 2005/6. She enjoyed a week long Indigenous Women & Leadership Development  Training course at the Banff Centre in 2009.

In 2018 she was  trained and has worked as an Archaeology Liason for the Algonquins of Ontario.

Sherry has been sharing her ART & Heart for many years, and is working towards building her own ART Centre / Gallery / Cultural Centre.

Sherry continues to learn about her Algonquin history and will continue to CREATE her ART with Heart, exploring new mediums and techniques as she goes! 

Title:  No More MMIW

Medium:  Acrylic on Canvas

Sherry Crawford 2020

White Bear Standing Creative

During a Shaking Tent Ceremony years ago, Sherry was given her Indigenous Ceremonial name; White Bear Standing. She is proud to connect with her inner spirit. It presents itself in many of her pieces.


This piece represents the connectedness to all things. We refer to the trees as ‘Standing People’ for they are warriors who stand strong against the elements and they provide us with clean air and thus, life! The faces in the trees and earth are representative of the connections and continued energy flow of life. When we die, we go into the earth, the plants and trees grow from the earth, we eat the plants and the animals eat the plants. We eat the animals, and sometimes the animals eat us….and the cycle continues forever!


Inspired by a cool Rockface photo while on a canoe trip  with my son and a friend from Bancroft. We were canoeing on the York River and I have driven the road past the Eagles nest park (rock cliffs) hundreds of times, but never saw it from the ‘river’ looking up at the rocks. It was beautiful and I snapped a shot of it. I went home that evening and painted the painting. We strongly believe if we follow the ‘Seven Grandfather Teachings” of Love, Respect, Wisdom, Truth, Honesty, Bravery & Humility, we can walk the good Red Road in a good way! There is an image in the rock face’..that is seen in many photos. known as the Chief. I drew 6 more grandfather faces.. to represent the teachings. You have to look carefully to find them all!