Essay on Cultural And Political Position Of Indigenous Women

1992 Words Nov 29th, 2016 8 Pages
This final research paper has for subject the social and political position of Indigenous women in Canada, their representation through popular culture and their representation through the art of contemporary Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook, her mother Napachie Pootoogook and Mohawk artist Shelley Niro. They are effectively numerous issues surrounding the representation of Indigenous women in popular culture, and one can observe the contrast between the popular representation and the representation made by Indigenous females artists. In this paper, I will examine in the first place what issues are Indigenous women facing, both in the social as well as the political sphere, then how are those issues represented in the popular culture, and finally how the art of Annie and Napachie Pootoogook and Shelley Niro are giving a new perspective on the reclamation of the image of Indigenous women and their sexuality.

Firstly, to fully grasp the impact of the art of Annie and Napachie Pootoogook and Shelley Niro, one must take a look at the social and political position of Indigenous women in Canada. On both levels, one could say that since colonization, Indigenous women have faced numerous challenges. It is said that Indigenous women are suffering from a double burden, being a women in a patriarchal society, and being Indigenous in a society dominated by Westerners. As they have been forced to live in the male-dominated society imposed by the Western world, Indigenous women across…

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