Tansy Point

Tansy Point, 2019

Double projection, DCI 4k video, 5 min.

Tansy Point is the site on the south shore near the mouth of the Columbia River where Treaties between the Chinook peoples and the US government were signed in 1851. These were never ratified by Congress even though Chinook land and rights were subsequently taken away. The audio soundtrack consists of Chinook Jargon translations of texts written by early settler James Swan and Tony Johnson, current Chair of the Chinook nation, which scroll across the screen in English but are exposed and made legible when the audience blocks one of the two projections with their body. The Chinook are still fighting for recognition.


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