Deer hide, nylon thread, glass and plastic seed beads
Cardinal-McTeague presents science and health communication of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) through a cultural lens. Here he uses Métis and Cree floral beadwork to depict the protein structure of normal and misfolded prions and the progression of the disease. On the right, coloured beads encode different amino acid alleles associated with incubation rates, which impact transmission properties of the disease.
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is an always fatal prion disease affecting cervids. This disease has never been transmitted to humans but evolutionary dynamics suggest it is possible and would be difficult to detect. The spread of CWD in North America has significant impacts on Indigenous food sovereignty and way of life, yet monitoring, research, and public outreach continues to exclude Indigenous communities.
About the Artist
Métis, Cree, Irish American
Born 1988, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Lives and works in Montréal, Québec, and Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Indigenous Science, Technology, and Society (Indigenous STS) is an international research and teaching hub, housed at the University of Alberta, for the bourgeoning sub-field of Indigenous STS. Our mission is two-fold: 1) To build Indigenous scientific literacy by training graduate students, postdoctoral, and community fellows to grapple expertly with techno-scientific projects and topics that affect their territories, peoples, economies, and institutions; and 2) To produce research and public intellectual outputs with the goal to inform national, global, and Indigenous thought and policymaking related to science and technology. Indigenous STS is committed to building and supporting techno-scientific projects and ways of thinking that promote Indigenous self-determination.