The Witness Blanket by Carey Newman | Hayalthkin’geme

Posted Jan 10, 2022

September 1 – December 4, 2022
Opening temporarily delayed due to COVID-related issues in Manatoba, Canada.
Andrea Walsh and Carey Newman, curators
The Frank Museum of Art, 39 S. Vine Street, Westerville, OH 43081

The Witness Blanket is an art installation that honours the children who were forced into the Indian residential school system in Canada. The installation is a cedar “blanket,” woven with pieces of Indian residential school history. These contributions were donated by residential school surivors and their families, band offices, friendship centres, and governments. Other items were reclaimed from former residential school sites. The contributions include letters, photos, stories, books, clothing, art, and fragements of buildings. Those responsible for the school system—churches and the Canadian federal government—have also donated pieces for this installation as a gesture towards reconciliation.

Indigenous artist Carey Newman | Hayalthkin’geme created The Witness Blanket in response to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Exhibited for the first time outside of Canada, The Witness Blanket comes to The Frank Museum of Art to honour children and with an aspiration to further conversations about Indian residential schools in the United States.

The original Witness Blanket is undergoing conservation at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights (CMHR) in Winnipeg, MB, after touring Canada for three years. Carey Newman and the CMHR have partnered to create reproductions of the blanket, allowing its stories and messages to continue to be shared.

Location and Hours

The Frank Museum of Art
30 S. Vine Street
Westerville, OH 43081

W - Su 11a - 3p
Closed Holidays and Breaks


All exhibitions are free and open to the public.