Pat Bruderer - Half Moon Woman represents the preservation of a very special type of indigenous art. The art form is called Birch Bark Bitings and Pat is one of the few knowledge keepers and expert practitioners of this ancient Indigenous art. She was born and raised in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada and is of Cree ancestry. She is a member of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation who are Assin'skowitiniwak or Rocky Cree. She is the mother of five children, is a proud Kookum to her grandchildren and currently resides in British Columbia, Canada. Half Moon has always been an active community member, teaching art, volunteering, and creating programs to assist Indigenous communities in Canada.
Half Moon Women, is self-taught in the art form but was highly inspired by the work of Angelique Merasty of Flin Flon, Manitoba.
Half Moon feels great responsibility as a carrier of this traditional art form, and strives for it's preservation, and for the teachings that it holds; something she calls 'Passing a Tradition.'
Pat's work can be found in museums, galleries, and private collections around the world.