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The Wigwam Conspiracy: why are Canada 150’s Indigenous people stuck in time? – CBC

by ahnationtalk on March 30, 2017232 Views

In the midst of a party celebrating Canadian civilization, Indigenous peoples appear as static stereotypes

“Exile is more than a geographical concept,” he said. ”You can be an exile in your homeland, in your own house, in a room.” — Mahmoud Darwish
The wigwam conspiracy

A common theme in Canada’s 2017 celebrations is the inclusion of Indigenous peoples, and in the early months of this auspicious year, a trend is emerging. That inclusion is signalled via familiar symbols, often the “Indian Village.” At Ottawa’s Winterlude, New Year’s Eve celebrations in Saskatoon and across the country at official Canada 150 events, you will find blow-up igluvigaq, the ubiquitous tipi and maybe a reconstructed wigwam, too.

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