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People of the Watershed, Curatorial Talk

May 11

Curatorial Talk
People of the Watershed: Photographs by John Macfie

Saturday, May 11 | 2 pm

Join McMichael Associate Curator Emily Laurent Henderson for a curatorial talk featuring nîpisîhkopâwiyiniw (Willow Cree) exhibition guest curator, writer, cultural advocate, and Indigenous Archival Photo Project founder Paul Seesequasis. Seesequasis will discuss People of the Watershed: Photographs by John Macfie, the first museum exhibition of settler photographer and trapline manager John Macfie. For more than a decade, Macfie travelled across Northern Ontario photographing Anishinaabe, Cree, and Anisininew communities along the Hudson Bay Watershed. His photographs, taken in the 1950s and 1960s, record communities during a period of intense and rapid change. Seesequasis discusses the resilience and joy captured in Macfie’s photography of Indigenous communities during a time of cultural upheaval.


Paul Seesequasis

Hosted by

Emily Laurent Henderson, the McMichael’s Associate Curator, Indigenous Art and Culture

John Macfie, Webequoi girl standing in front of a teepee at Lansdowne House, 1956, photograph, John Macfie fonds, C330-14-0-0-16, Archives of Ontario.

Gallery Tour

Spotlight On: People of the Watershed: Photographs by John Macfie 

Sundays, May 12, 19 and 26
at 12:30 PM

Free with Gallery Admission

John Macfie, Man sitting against a building with a church in the background, Sandy Lake, c. 1952, photograph, John Macfie fonds, C330-14-0-0-103, Archives of Ontario.