Karine Duhamel, Ph.D., who is Anishinaabe-Métis, wrote “Life on the Land” in our special centennial issue (see also 100 Years: The Historical Legacy of The Beaver).
“As an Indigenous person, I am looking at the pictures in The Beaver differently. I am looking at the things that make Indigenous peoples and communities strong, which are family and kinship and connection to the land. For me, that’s what stands out in the images.”
In this interview, Duhamel discusses how The Beaver and its corresponding photo archive have been underexploited by historians, as well as the opportunities that the photographers missed as a result of their Eurocentric perspectives.