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5centsapound:

Nadia Myre, Indian Act

Indian Act speaks of the realities of colonization - the effects of contact, and its often-broken and untranslated contracts. The piece consists of all 56 pages of the Canadian Federal Government’s Indian Act mounted on stroud cloth and sewn over with red and white glass beads. Each word is replaced with white beads sewn into the document; the red beads replace the negative space.

Every time I see this artwork, it hits me right in the heart. 

theprocessofchasing:

String bag.  New Guinea, West Sepik (Sandaun) Province, upper Sepik River, Telefol region, Mountain Ok people 20th century Fiber, feathers, shell, skin

So gorgeous.

theprocessofchasing:

String bag.  New Guinea, West Sepik (Sandaun) Province, upper Sepik River, Telefol region, Mountain Ok people
20th century
Fiber, feathers, shell, skin

So gorgeous.

(Source: highlands.famsf.org, via )

zuky:

I snapped these pics of a temporary exhibit at the Museum of Anthropology, titled “Speaking To Memory: Images and Voices from St. Michael’s Residential School”, an Indian residential school in Alert Bay, BC, which operated from 1929 to 1974 in the project of forced assimilation and cultural eradication. As is now widely understood, these schools often became hellholes of cultural, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse of Native children at the hands of white adults, a multi-generational trauma whose pain remains a long road ahead.

During the late 1930s, one student at the school had a camera and she took photographs of many of her classmates. She recently donated these images to the museum, resulting in this exhibit. The old school building remains standing, in deteriorating condition, and photos of its now-decrepit interiors create a haunting backdrop to displayed items, which include statements from hundreds of students at the school, passages of government reports, formal apologies from various churches and government bodies for their role, as well as an ongoing invitation for more statements and information from visitors who were either residential school students or knew anyone who was. It’s a somber, dimly lit exhibit, and I could hear sobs from people taking it in. 

(via ayiman)

danceswithjoints:

As a Mi’kmaq women, I am so proud of my people standing up against the destruction of our earth. Please join us in solidarity, mother earth needs us. 

What a powerful image.

danceswithjoints:

As a Mi’kmaq women, I am so proud of my people standing up against the destruction of our earth. Please join us in solidarity, mother earth needs us. 

What a powerful image.

The reports of our cultural deaths have always been greatly exaggerated

apihtawikosisan:

So this is a pretty long article, FUSE Magazine gave me the chance to really let ‘er go word-wise. However, if you’ve ever wondered why Indigenous people feel that language is SO important, this article might help you understand the issue. The article originally appeared in an apocalypse-themed issue. I chose to refute the idea that Indigenous peoples are facing an apocalypse in the ‘traditional’ sense of “about-to-die-off”.

By the way, featured in the article is Vincent Medina, whose tumblr blog you can find here: http://ohlone.tumblr.com/

Apihtawikosisan’s latest article! Go Chelsea!

selchieproductions:

Can we just take some time to appreciate the fact that the President of our Parliament is a wonderful human being ?

Beautiful photos.

rmcomedy:

Ya heard? A brand new episode of the #RedManLaughing Podcast is live at http://rmlpodcast.com. We’re stoked to take you to Vancouver for the Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival to feature chats with Richard Van Camp, Melina Laboucan-Massimo & Klee Benally.

rmcomedy:

Ya heard? A brand new episode of the #RedManLaughing Podcast is live at http://rmlpodcast.com. We’re stoked to take you to Vancouver for the Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival to feature chats with Richard Van Camp, Melina Laboucan-Massimo & Klee Benally.

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Dear British Museum, Musée du Louvre, and Pergamon Museum, please return my heritage. Berlin, Germany 2013 
Photo: Zeidon Alkinani
Not to mention The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Natural History, etc.

Wow, this is a gorgeous photo, actually. I feel so uncomfortable in every “native art” exhibit of most museums. I was just in the Montreal Musée de Beaux Arts yesterday and found a Kent Monkman painting I had never seen before, which is what I’m talkin’ about as far as native art in museums. Support the artists…not the removal of priceless heritage artifacts.

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Dear British MuseumMusée du Louvre, and Pergamon Museum, please return my heritage. 

Berlin, Germany 2013
 

Photo: Zeidon Alkinani

Not to mention The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Natural History, etc.

Wow, this is a gorgeous photo, actually. I feel so uncomfortable in every “native art” exhibit of most museums. I was just in the Montreal Musée de Beaux Arts yesterday and found a Kent Monkman painting I had never seen before, which is what I’m talkin’ about as far as native art in museums. Support the artists…not the removal of priceless heritage artifacts.

(via thisiswhiteprivilege)

Totem: The Return of the G’psgolox Pole, by the National Film Board of Canada

"This feature-length documentary traces the journey of the Haisla people to reclaim the G’psgolox totem pole that went missing from their British Columbia village in 1929. The fate of the 19th century traditional mortuary pole remained unknown for over 60 years until it was discovered in a Stockholm museum where it is considered state property by the Swedish government. Director Gil Cardinal combines interviews, striking imagery and rare footage of master carvers to raise questions about ownership and the meaning of Aboriginal objects held in museums."

Panel at Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (Nov. 9, 2013)

apihtawikosisan:

If you happen to be in Montreal this Saturday, and are interested in Indigenous languages, I will be on this panel with a bunch of really amazing people, discussing all manner of language-related things.