Dave Parsanishi - Mamaaɫni (A Transformation Mask)
Coming from conversations with Nuu-chah-nulth carvers, elders and language teachers,
I contrast the traditional transformation mask with the Canadian attempt to transform
First Nations people by “removing the Indian from the child.” This is a process of my own
reconciliation to the actions of my culture. With the mirrored eyes, I invite/challenge the viewer to see themselves both as the perpetrator and in the focus of the perpetrator.
Recipient of the Salt Spring National Art Prize People's Choice Awards, 3rd Prize – $1,000