annie ross with 'little red goes home', a tricycle upholstered in woven cedar strips.

Community, First Nations Studies

Tricycle Symbolizes Freedom for Residential-School Children

April 17, 2014

Titled little red goes home, annie ross’ hand-woven, basketry-covered tricycle, pictured above, is her response to the pain and suffering that children experienced in Indian Residential Schools.

She has donated the art piece to Reconciliation Canada, the national organization working to revitalize dialogue between Aboriginal peoples and all Canadians.

“Many children, no matter how far from home, chose to run away from these schools, many succumbing to the elements, or lost forever,” says ross, an associate professor in the Department of First Nations Studies. “The trike symbolizes a vehicle to access freedom, literally and symbolically.”