In 1995, award-winning Toronto photographer Myron Zabol began a five-year project to record, through the eyes of his camera, the lives and traditions of the Haudenosaunee, the Six Nations Iroquois, at the end of the twentieth century. This exhibition featured fifty black-and-white photographs that created a “portrait” of the complex values and beliefs of the Haudenosaunee people as expressed through their clothing and other means.
The photographs illustrate the resilience of Iroquoian culture and the many ways in which it has changed over time. In the words of Myron Zabol, “one example is the ribbon shirt, which was first introduced during the turn-of-the-twentieth century Wild West shows in which many Iroquoian families and other Native people worked as a means to earn a living.” While the ribbon shirt is still worn today, Iroquoian dress is increasingly
Organized by the Woodland Cultural Centre in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, an affiliate of the National Gallery of Canada. Curated by Keith Jamieson.influenced by modern fashion trends as illustrated in Zabol’s photographs.er.