Early settler photography was used to frame and contain Indigenous people and their cultural practices to the past. Historical and contemporary Indigenous photographers have used this technology to reframe and challenge settler romanticization in favour of powerful narratives of survival.
Presenter: Dr. Megan Smetzer
Historical & Contemporary Indigenous Perspectives:
Megan A. Smetzer is an independent art historian based in Vancouver, BC. She teaches, publishes and lecture on historical and contemporary Indigenous cultural expressions, focusing primarily on work made by women on the Northwest Coast. She has published essays in several museum catalogues, as well as in The Journal of Material Culture and American Indian Art Magazine. Smetzer is currently working on her book Painful Beauty: Tlingit Women, Beadwork, and the Art of Resilience.