Dana Claxton is a Hunkpapa Lakota filmmaker, photographer, and performance artist. Her work looks at stereotypes, historical context, and gender studies of Indigenous peoples of the Americas, specifically those of the First Nations.
In this new body of work, the artist combines Lakota/Sioux bead work and images of Canadian holiday/road trips particularily campers set in nature, considering what it means to be in the natural world.
Claxton examines what it means to be called to the land. She is seeking for herself, spiritually as a sun dancer, for others recreationally and for those living “off” the land such as hunters or those involved in the back-to-the-land movement.
The Camper considers the Group of Seven, leisure camping, Indigenous land and found archival images—revealing that land is very generous, has spirit and at times an Indigenous spirit.
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