Anthropology Professor Curates Flash Installation at the McCord Museum

As part of the program of the 5th National Gathering on Missing Children and Unmarked Burials associated with Indian Residential Schools in Canada, Dr. Neal Keating (Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology) led a flash exhibit installation of Gary Miller’s art at the McCord Museum in Montreal on September 7, 2023.

The art expresses what the Mohawk Institute residential school really was, what happened to the child when he was there, and how he is surviving that experience ever since. The Mohawk Institute was one of several hundred residential ‘schools’ created throughout Canada during the nineteenth and twentieth century, for the purposes of “killing the Indian in the Child”. Currently many of these sites are under investigation by Indigenous communities for unmarked burials of children that died there. The exhibit’s interpretive themes address genocide, violence, destruction, resilience, and transitional justice. The purpose of The Gary Miller Art Project is to visually show the truth about residential schools, direct from a Survivor.

The exhibit installation was sponsored by the Office of the Special Interlocutor on Missing Children and Unmarked Burials, and was carried out in partnership with the Native North American Travelling College. Grace Point Katsi’tsio assisted with the installation at the McCord. Additional support was provided by The Survivors’ Secretariat at Six Nations Grand River Territory, the National Center for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada, and SUNY Brockport.

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Neal Keating (nkeating@brockport.edu)

Posted: September 10, 2023