Garry Oker, Spirit Hammers, 2014-15. Installation view of Maps and Dreams, Audain Gallery, 2017. Photo: Blaine Campbell.

Talk: Hugh Brody on Maps and Dreams

Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 7pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre

Hugh Brody is a British anthropologist, filmmaker and social philosopher. The author of Maps and Dreams (1981), he will speak to the book as it links up to the exhibition. Considering the way an agricultural heritage invades, transforms and militarizes the worlds it overcomes and creates, the talk will also consider resource extraction and the new intensification of pressure on the territories of the Treaty 8 communities. Brody's continued work around Indigenous and settler communities considers how the modern treaty process unfolds.

Brody has been an important advocate in the field of Indigenous land use and rights, of which Maps and Dreams is only one project. He is the author of The People's Land (1975), one of the first close-up looks at how Inuit life and lands have been colonized by southerners; and The Other Side of Eden: Hunters, Farmers and the Shaping of the World (2000). He has made films with many First Nation and Indigenous communities, and co-directed the NFB film Treaty 8 Country (1981). He has taught widely and currently holds a Canada Research Chair at the University of the Fraser Valley.

Co-presented with SFU Department of Sociology and Anthropology.