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Duane Linklater (Omaskêko Cree, b. 1976)

canoe by night

Date: 2020
Medium: Handmade canvas jacket with cochineal dye, silk-screen ink, nails; a.p. 1/1
Object Dimensions: 36 x 30 x 7 in. (91.44 x 76.2 x 17.78 cm)
Credit Line: Courtesy of the artist
Photo Credit: Installation view from primaryuse, Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver, 2020. Courtesy of Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver. Photo: Rachel Topham Photography

canoe by night is a replica of a winter work jacket that Linklater wore as a teenager and adorned with a rotating medley of hand-painted elements and band patches. This reproduction is made from canvas tinted pink with dye extracted from cochineal insects; it includes two silk-screened images in blue, one on the front and one on the back. Both images contain distorted film stills from The Daughter of Dawn, a 1920s silent film shot in Oklahoma with an all-Indigenous cast of more than three hundred Kiowa and Comanche. Despite its contrived story line centering on a love triangle involving the Kiowa chief’s daughter, Linklater sees the film as an extraordinary document, featuring the actors’ own tepees, horses, canoes, and beautifully embellished clothing.

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