Postcards for Indians
The series began several years ago when my son Bear repurposed a typical postcard with Indians on it, and gave it to me as a Father’s Day card. I was surprised how much emotion my son could fit into the small space on the other side. The idea returned in the summer of 2103 when I took part in an exhibition “Land|Slide Possible Futures” at the Markham Museum in Markham, Ontario. As part of my installation, I used a series of old-time postcards with Indian performers that were found in the Markham Museum collections. In the winter of 2013-14, I developed a new series entitled “Postcards for Indians,” that posed the question of what type of postcard would an Indian want to buy? During the process something my elder said to me when I was a teenager came to mind: “Don’t forget where you come from.” So the images and text I used for my postcards was determined by the idea of sending my elders postcards to let them know that I had not forgotten where I come from.
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POSTCARDS FOR INDIANS