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Yuxweluptun: Man of Masks

Yuxweluptun: Man of Masks

| 21 min

This short documentary serves as a portrait of Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, one of Canada's most important painters. We meet him at the Bisley Rifle Range in Surrey, England, where he's literally shooting the Indian Act in a performance piece called "An Indian Shooting the Indian Act." It's in protest of the ongoing effects of the Act's legislation on Indigenous people. We then follow him back to Canada, for interviews with the artist and a closer look at his work.

  • director
    Dana Claxton
  • producer
    Selwyn Jacob
  • executive producer
    Graydon McCrea
  • camera
    Dana Claxton
    Don Claxton
    Stephen Ley
    Paul Manly
    Brian Quock
  • sound
    Don Claxton
    Paul Manly
    Guy Willison
  • editing
    Shelly Hamer
  • sound editing
    Lisa Doyle
    Kirby Jinnah
  • re-recording
    Paul Sharpe
    Iain Pattison
  • music
    Russell Wallace


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Ages 14 to 18

Indigenous Studies - Arts
Indigenous Studies - History/Politics
Indigenous Studies - Identity/Society
Indigenous Studies - Issues and Contemporary Challenges

This documentary can inspire research, discussion, projects and entry points for developing foundational knowledge in relation to West Coast art within a historical and contemporary context. How can art be used for social commentary and as a method to advocate for social justice? What is the Indian Act and what message does the artist convey by travelling to London to shoot it? How is art embedded into the culture of Cowichan/Syilx First Nations and/or other West Coast artists? Consider how the artist and his style merge traditional with present-day art. Reflect on the artist's statement that “if you don't understand my culture then you fear me... if you know and see my culture then you can relate to it.” How important is it to weave First Nations foundational knowledge into the education system? How is relationship to the land connected with spirituality? What does it mean to be caught and have balance between two worlds? How did the Indian Act contribute to the confiscation of West Coast art and attempted genocide?

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