Pekupatikut Innuat Akunikana / Pictures Woke the People Up: An Innu Project with Wendy Ewald and Eric Gottesman
September 1, 2012 - January 13, 2013
In 1969, at age 18, Wendy Ewald traveled to the Innu reserve of Sheshatshiu in Labrador, Canada to work with children who were adapting to the forced settlement of their community several years earlier. Together with Ewald, the children used Polaroid cameras to create a portrait of their changing community. Concerned by the continuing challenges faced by the Innu, Ewald and fellow artist Eric Gottesman returned to Sheshatshiu in 2007 with Ewald’s pictures to engage in conversation about the issues still facing the community and embark on a series of new projects.
Comprised of approximately 100 objects—including historic photographs, archival film footage, the 1969 photographs by Ewald and her Innu students, and contemporary photographs, video, writings, and outdoor banners by Ewald, Gottesman, and the Sheshatshiu community, Pekupatikut Innuat Akunikana documents the artists’ and community’s efforts to use photography and video to revitalize Innu culture after forty years of friction and change.
Generous support for Pekupatikut Innuat Akunikana / Pictures Woke the People Up: An Innu Project with Wendy Ewald and Eric Gottesman has been provided by the Abbot Academy Association and by the Poss Family Foundation. The Abbot Academy Association was founded upon the merger of Abbot Academy and Phillips Academy in 1973. Abbot Academy was the oldest incorporated school in the country for the higher education of young women. The Abbot Academy Association seeks to foster and promote the legacy and spirit of Abbot Academy on the campus and in the programs of Phillips Academy.