Eighteen Seventy Six


An exploration into indigeneity and identity with a focus on authentic indigenous representation and reclamation. Each piece will present empowerment, through community and culture and revisit the treaties and relationships made through the use of beadwork, between settlers and indigenous people, to present a vision for future reciprocity. Eighteen Seventy Six is the date the Indian Act was put into place by the Canadian government, which is a statute through which the federal government administers Indian Status.  The purpose?  To define what is considered indigenous, to determine “status” based on a legal recognition of a person’s Indigenous heritage and rights that allows, to promote assimilation into non-indigenous society and the eradication of culture.

 

We are still here. 

And this is Indigenous fashion.