Grasslands and Ghostlands

Phil Desjardins

The 18th and 19th centuries witnessed the rise of two nations in North America on the hunting grounds and homelands of the true First Nations. Non-natives claimed the western grasslands for themselves through guile and theft, mass relocations, purposeful starvation, massacres, assimilation, and internments on reservations. This solo exhibition by a documentary filmmaker/photographer features evocative and provocative images, with historic context, of some Indigenous landscapes in the Dakotas, Montana, Nebraska, Saskatchewan, and Wyoming.