By Invitation Only: Dance, Confederation and Reconciliation exhibit

Added 25th Jun 2021 by Amy Bowring / Last update 25th Jun 2021

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By Invitation Only: Dance, Confederation and Reconciliation exhibit

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Curators: Amy Bowring, Troy Emery Twigg

Contemporary Indigenous Artists gallery

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"My people will sleep for one hundred years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give them their spirit back." - Louis Riel, July 4, 1885

Government attempts to eliminate dance from Indigenous life ultimately failed. Today, Indigenous dance artists living in what is now Canada are a vital group of explorers and storytellers who not only tread in the footsteps of their ancestors but are also developing new movement languages to investigate and reflect themes, issues and stories of who they are as artists and the nations they represent. In this portrait gallery we present a small sample of artists from different Indigenous nations whose every footfall tramples on the legacy of the Indian Agents who tried to stop the dance.

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