Don Bonner, son of Douglas and Carol Bonner. Member of the Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation, members of the Bear clan of the Algonquin Nation, came late in life to embrace his ancestry. He has been on Tribal Journeys for three years and looking forward to another journey when they start up again. In all the work he does he looks to blend western and eastern styles of contemporary indigenous art.
His personal journey to understand his heritage, is done in art. He blends traditional ways of making art and regalia with contemporary tools. His art is produced both by hand and using traditional tools, computers, and modern tools such as laser cutters. He first started by building Traditional Native North American 5-hole flutes. All his flutes are made of branches harvested locally. He then started making jewelry, earrings, chokers, necklaces and bolo ties. Using both traditional tools, materials and computer aided tools to carve in wood, reclaimed wood, leather, bone and other traditional materials