Philip Cote, MFA
Indigenous Artist, Activist, Educator, Historian & Traditional Wisdom Keeper.
Moose Deer Point First Nation: Shawnee, Lakota, Potawatomi, and Ojibway.
He is engaged in creating opportunities for art-making and teaching methodologies through Indigenous symbolism, traditional ceremonies, history, oral stories, and land-based pedagogy. A practicing Sundancer, and Sweat Ceremony leader, his art and teaching philosophy evolves from his practice of experiential learning and the transmission of Indigenous Knowledge.
Philip has shared his knowledge with numerous institutions from York University, the Art Gallery of Ontario, University of Toronto, OCAD University and the TDSB.
Philip is also a tour guide with “First Story”, since 2005 providing an Indigenous history of Toronto covering the last 13,500 years and as far back as 130,000 years.
Tracey studied drawing and painting at The Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Ontario, Canada for four years. He also split his studies at OCAD exploring printmaking and other various artistic disciplines like wood and metal design. In addition, Mr. Anthony studied animation at SheridanCollege in Oakville for a semester. Although the program at Sheridan was excellent the environs of OCAD drew the artist back to Toronto to finish his schooling. Tracey has original works in the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario, The Collection of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, and The Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario.
Tracey’s mother is Mississauga (Ojibway) from the Credit of the Mississaugas First Nations reserve and his father was Delaware (Lenni Lenape) from the Six Nations reserve in Ontario, Canada. In his artwork, Tracey incorporates Ojibway, Delaware, and Iroquoian influences in conjunction with many mixed media.