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Aligned with New Red Order’s exhibition Give it Back at Audian Gallery, this screening program examines the violence inherent in the ethnographic impulse, unveiling the absurd fetishism underpinning the discipline.


For Indigenous peoples, the camera is a dangerous weapon, one that has been wielded against them since the device’s inception. Anthropology's obsession with preserving images of so-called vanishing cultures, through ethnographic films or archives filled with boxes of ancestral remains, has long been a tool used to colonize and oppress Indigenous peoples.


By relegating Indigenous identities to the past, and forcing Indigenous people to authenticate themselves through this past, their existence as contemporary individuals living in a colonized land is denied. It is in this sense that ethnography confines Indigenous agency.


The ethnographer's encapsulating gaze ignores the fact that, for Indigenous communities, tradition is not an immutable set of truths handed down by revelation, but a set of ever-evolving social practices whose continuity cannot be repaired by preservation, only elaborated through struggle and, finally, achieved under conditions of genuine self-determination.


Anti-Ethnography Program:


Land Acknowledgement, New Red Order, 2021


Sioux Ghost Dance, W.K.L. Dickson/Thomas Edison, 1894


Welcome to the Third World, Guillermo Gómez-Peña


Auntie Beachress — Are You Looking at Me?, Tonia Jo Hall, 2015


Overweight with Crooked Teeth, Shelley Niro, 1997


Instant Identity Ritual, Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Gustavo Vázquez, 2007


Alphabet City Serenade, Diane Burns, 1992


Bizarre Thanksgiving Performance Ritual, Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Gustavo Vázquez


Auntie Beachress — Lakota Language Challenge, Tonia Jo Hall, 2015


wawa, Sky Hopinka, 2014


Auntie Beachress — Only Boring People Get Bored, Tonia Jo Hall, 2015


Mobilize, Caroline Monnet, 2015 


Dance to Miss Chief, Kent Monkman, 2010


Native Fantasy: Germany’s Indian Heroes, Axel Gerdau, Erik Olsen, and John Woo of The New York Times, 2014


The Violence of a Civilization without Secrets, Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil, and Jackson Polys, 2018


We Only Answer Our Land Line, Woodrow Hunt and Olivia Camfield, 2019


Reclamation, Thirza Jean Cuthand, 2018


Auntie Beachress — Life's Struggles, Tonia Jo Hall, 2015


Curated by New Red Order.

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