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A NECESSARY FICTION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA: Entry 6 Resistance is NOT Futile

The perseverance of indigenous people, given the overwhelming odds against of our survival The last plate for my exhibition is also a new work. It is titled “Resistance is NOT Futile,” and is based on the Borg Collective from the Star Trek ser

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A NECESSARY FICTION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA: Entry 5 Some Things Never Change

Thinking about Joseph Tehwehron David and the Four Indian Kings The print I am adding today “Some Things Never Change” is an updated print I have in my Four Indian Kings series. In the original version I had a portrait of Joe David paired with

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A NECESSARY FICTION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA: Entry 4 Returning the Gaze

Emily General and what my elders taught me This project “A Necessary Fiction: A Conversation with Nicholas de Grandmaison “is the culmination of 35 years of work. When I started out, around 1980 I faced, what appeared to be an impossible quest

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A NECESSARY FICTION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA: Entry 3 An encounter with a Pre-Contact shell gorget

Engaging the archive with new encounters from The University of South Missouri A new panel completed for my exhibition. It is a result of my spring road trip to St. Louis. An incised shell with a birdman figure I photographed at Southern Illinois

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A NECESSARY FICTION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA: Entry 2 Birdman and Earth Mound

Road Trip to St. Louis, Missouri to rediscover Mississippian Pre-Contact Culture The images for this new panel "Birdman and Earth Mound" were produced during my spring road trip to the St. Louis area. I was invited to speak at the University of So

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A NECESSARY FICTION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA: Entry 1 Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father's Day incorporates The Bear Portraits series with a portrait by Nicholas de Grandmaison. I am in the last stage of preparation for my new exhibition "A Necessary Fiction: My Conversation with Nicholas de Grandmaison" at the Universit

A Necessary Fiction: My Conversation with Nicolas de Grandmaison

Is there a role for historical portraits of Indigenous people, not produced by Indigenous people, in today’s quest for self-determination? My photo-based and curatorial practice emanates from my First Nations/urban background. Making m

A Study of Indianness

The exhibition opened at Gallery 44 in Toronto in 2004 and to the Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan; Urban Shaman, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon, Manitoba; Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.; Southern Alberta Ar

Curriculum Vitae

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2014    A Necessary Fiction: My Conversation with Nichola de Grandmaison, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta 2012    Mapping Iroquoia: Cold City Frieze, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, Onta