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Obituary: Kimowan Metchewais

On July 29, 2011, Mr. Kimowan Metchewais, “Kim McLain,” of Cold Lake First Nations, Alberta, Canada, and Carrboro, N.C., passed away at the age of 47 years. Kimowan was an associate professor in the art department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his degree from the University of New Mexico and his art has been exhibited in galleries across the United States and Canada. An exhibit of his work is currently on display at LIGHT Art + Design, 601 W. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill.

Kimowan is survived by his mother, Ada Metchewais; four brothers, Luther McLain, George McLain, Hans McLain and Dana (Shyla) Mueller; brothers and sisters, Vi Manywounds and Conrad, Molly and Marlon Metchewais; aunties and uncles, Jobby, Roseanne, Sam and Leona “Auntie Lee” Metchewais; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, colleagues and students; and fiancee, Antje Thiessen. He was predeceased by his brother, Sheldon McLain; sister, Wanda Metchewais; grandparents, Alexander (1992) and Theresa (1991) Metchewais; and aunts and uncles, Jim, Agnes, Joles “Lawrence,” Edna and Lorraine.

For his North Carolina friends and family, there will be two opportunities to remember Kimowan. A gathering of friends will take place at The Flowjo at 100B Brewer Lane in Carrboro tonight (Thursday) at 8. An additional celebration of his life will be held during the fall semester at Hanes Art Center.

A wake was held Sunday, July 31 and Monday, Aug. 1 at Cold Lake First Nations Band Hall, Cold Lake First Nations. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 1 p.m. at St. Raphael Roman Catholic Church, Cold Lake First Nations. Reverend Father Mario Jubinville was the celebrant, with interment in the church cemetery. If desired, donations may be made to the University of North Carolina Cancer Hospital, c/o Box 1780, St. Paul, Alberta, Canada T0A 3A0. To send online condolences, please visit gracegardensfuneralchapel.com

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