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Indigenous Peoples of Western Canada in Historic Photographs

This exhibition catalogue introduces historic photographs of Indigenous peoples of Western Canada from a collection housed at the University of Alberta's Bruce Peel Special Collections. The publication focuses on the ancestors represented in the collection and how their images continue to generate stories and meanings in the present. The selected photographs contribute to a richer, deeper understanding of the past. There is strength, character, persistence, determination, humour, artwork, dance, celebration, and so much more in the photographs. Some serve as records of cherished landscapes that may have been altered. Others provide links to ancestors: revered leaders, soldiers, healers, thinkers, and orators. The curators hope that the process of identifying the people in these photographs, only begun here, will continue.

About the Authors

Sarah Carter, FRSC, is Professor and Henry Marshall Tory Chair in the Department of History and Classics and in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta. Originally from Saskatoon, she studied Canadian history at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Manitoba. In 2020, she was awarded the Killam Prize in the Humanities. Osaw Piyesis Iskwew niya Anishinaabekwe. Wapamaskwa nicewakan. Paskwamostoosis awasis ekta ohcit. Maskwacis winowak nicaysinowak. Inez Lightning, Yellow Bird Woman, is Anishinaabe. White Bear is her husband. She is from the Buffalo Child family and of the Bearhills people.


"Who is the intended audience for Ancestors? Anyone with an interest in history and human rights, and photography." Felix Berry, Prairie History, Summer 2022

"The exhibit and book are inspirational university museum endeavors and will stimulate ongoing work with Indigenous topics and persons." C. Adrian Heidenreich, Billings Gazette, September 26, 2022

9781551954547 : ancestors-carter-lightning
Paperback / softback
192 Pages
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The Importance of Being Monogamous

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