Longing and Belonging

Melissa General


Longing and Belonging examines the challenges facing a First Nations person who lives “off-reserve” while maintaining a strong attachment to their heritage and “home.” Raised on Six Nations Reserve, General focuses on identity in relation to understanding her place as a First Nations woman in an urban contemporary culture. The dresses sewn for her as a child by her mother are the starting point for a dialogue about her relationship to belonging.