Author Tags: First Nations, Haida Gwaii, Photography
A settler Canadian, Victoria Wyatt teaches in the Department of Art History & Visual Studies at the University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C. Her courses explore creative responses of Indigenous artists to colonialism in North America from the 18th century to the present, with a focus on the Northwest Coast. She encourages extensive analysis of the Internet as a resource for diverse voices and as a non-linear form of communication. In her research, she is interested in similarities between Indigenous Ways of Knowing and the recent paradigm shift in Western sciences that embraces processes and relationships within dynamic non-linear systems (eg, neurobiology, quantum physics, epigenetics, climate science). She believes non-linear, holistic thinking that celebrates invisible interconnections is vital to addressing global challenges today. She holds a doctorate from Yale University and an honorary doctorate from Kenyon College.
Overshadowed by the work of Edward S. Curtis, two other frontier photographers, Lloyd Winter and Percy Pond, recorded the Tlingit and Haida Indians between 1893 and 1910. Ethnohistorian Victoria Wyatt presented their work in a photo book entitled Images from the Inside Passage: An Alaskan Portrait (Seattle: University of Washington Press, in association with the Alaska State Library, 1989). It was published in Canada as Images from the Inside Passage: A Northern Portrait by Winter and Pond (Douglas & McIntyre, 1989). Wyatt is also the author of Shapes of Their Thoughts: Reflections of Culture Contact in Northwest Coast Indian Art (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1984).
Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
Images from the Inside Passage: an Alaskan Portrait by Winter and Pond
Wyatt, Victoria. Shapes of Their Thoughts: Reflections of Culture Contact in Northwest Coast Indian Art (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1984).
Wyatt, Victoria (editor). Images from the Inside Passage: A Northern Portrait by Winter and Pond (Douglas & McIntyre, 1989).
[BCBW 2017] "QCI" "Photography" "First Nations"