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Indigenous Art and Artists


In the Canadian Encyclopedia, cultural appropriation is defined as 

".... the use of a people’s traditional dress, music, cuisine, knowledge and other aspects of their culture, without their approval, by members of a different culture. For Indigenous peoples in Canada, cultural appropriation is rooted in colonization and ongoing oppression. Indigenous peoples have seen culturally significant symbols and motifs used in non-Indigenous goods, marketing and art. They have also seen stereotypical images of “Indians” used in sports logos and the sale of various products." See the full article: "Cultural Appropriation of Indigenous Peoples of Canada",

However, appropriation is also a practice used by artists, including Indigenous artists, to speak to contemporary issues. Here are some articles to help explore the issue in more depth:

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