Thirza Cuthand is an Indian Within the Meaning of the Indian Act

Theo J. Cuthand

2017, 08:56 minutes, colour, English


Contemplating mixed race identity in Canada, Cuthand presents us with images of blood ties and land ties for indigenous people, and questions the use of the words "white passing" and "light skinned." As a light skinned indigenous, Cuthand reiterates that racism and discrimination still happen for him, just in different ways. Community belonging is contrasted with the difference experiences he has from his darker skinned family. Ultimately, a video with more questions than answers, it situates the artist's body in historical trauma and ongoing colonial survival.

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