Shane Perley-Dutcher is a Wolastoq (Maliseet) mixed media artist from the Neqotkuk Wolasqiyik (Tobique First Nation) in New Brunswick. He trained at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, earning a Diploma in Natives Art Studies and Jewellery Manufacturing graduating with honours and distinctions. Shane draws his design inspiration from Wolastoqiyik Traditional knowledge and contemporary aesthetics.
Shane Perley-Dutcher combines inspiration from his indigenous heritage with modern soldering, engraving and hammering, crafting pieces out of materials like silver at his home studio in Fredericton.
Perley-Dutcher recently won the sculpture category at the internationally-renowned Santa Fe Indian Market in New Mexico, with one of his traditional woven baskets.
He looked at their work for a long time, followed some of the artists that go there, and represented the highest and most prestigious show in the world that supported Indigenous artwork.
The award-winning artist credits his community and his mother with exposing him to Indigenous art at an early age.
She was a single mother. She basically decided, with limited means, she was only able to get him involved with so many things.
She turned to friends, who were local artists, to educate and guide her son.
Though his art has drawn international acclaim, Perley-Dutcher says his biggest fans are his daughters. He hopes his work will teach them about their culture and also the importance of a strong work ethic.