A Virtual Tour of History: Photo Archives Offer a Window Into Indigenous Life and Photography’s Evolution
The beauty of being raised by an extended family is what makes home special to me and, as I later discovered, is inherently Indigenous. The way I was raised shaped who I am and the work I do as a photojournalist, as the home I know is in stark contrast to how it is often represented in mainstream media.
Standing on a shore near her home in Victoria, British Columbia, Tuesday La Fortune (Nuu-chah-nulth) wears a bear mask carved by her husband, Tsawout First Nation artist Howard La Fortune. While not meaning for it to be used for medical purposes, he carved this artwork to emulate the masks people around the world are now having to wear to protect themselves from the coronavirus. Photo by Sydney Woodward.
“Bear Snout,” Howard La Fortune, hand-carved yellow cedar and leather.