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STRANGE HOME LAND part 1

Ehren BEARwitness Thomas

2009, 09:30 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 793.10

STRANGE HOME LAND part 1 was originally produced for the show Home Land and Security at the Render Gallery in Waterloo (2009). For this exhibition, artists were asked to respond to the question, “What does Home Land and Security mean to you?” STRANGE HOME LAND part 1 is the artist’s response to this question and it centers around a car ride through Six Nations, Caledonia and the surrounding area. Throughout this piece, the artist and his father discuss the argument over Six Nations land, an issue that has been contested since the turn of the 19th century. Their conversations are emphasized by the inclusion of images of Aboriginal people from mainstream media, exemplified by Batman and “The Ghost of The Mohawk Indian” from a Sunday morning cartoon.

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