Rainforest Ale Made in Vancouver Moccasin, 2001, Charlene Vickers (Anishnabe), Beer box paper, synthetic lacing, fabric, letter beads, 12" x 9.5" x 4", SOLD

Original size is 1500 × 874 pixels

“My work concerns memory and expression of Aboriginal identity, where materials carry social and cultural significance. My moccasins focus on the commodity aspect of Aboriginal culture and selling an idealized First Nations body. Issues of racism and marginalization are exposed in the works, presenting a realistic rather than romanticized reality for Aboriginal Peoples. I reinvent typical Native objects sold to tourists, such as the moccasin, and combine them with personal comments on urban living for aboriginal peoples. The moccasins tell stories of power relations, loss of culture, and finding personal strength.” – Charlene Vickers