Creative Subversions

Whiteness, Indigeneity, and the National Imaginary

Margot Francis

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  • Published: July 2012
  • Subject Listing: Native American Studies, Art History
  • Bibliographic information: 252 pp., 45 illus., 10 in color, 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: U.S. rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

In this richly illustrated book, Margot Francis explores how whiteness and Indigeneity are articulated through four icons of Canadian identity - the beaver, the railway, the wilderness of Banff National Park, and “Indianness” - and the contradictory and contested meanings they evoke. These seemingly benign, even kitschy, images, she argues, are haunted by ideas about race, masculinity, and sexuality that circulated during the formative years of Anglo-Canadian nationhood. Juxtaposing these nostalgic images with the work of contemporary Canadian artists, she investigates how everyday objects can be re-imagined to challenge ideas about history, memory, and national identity.

Margot Francis is an associate professor of women’s studies and sociology at Brock University.