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Silent, Unquestionable Act of Love

by (artist) Leanna Marshall

foreword by Suzanne Luke

contributions by Vera Wabegijig & Susan Neylan

Robert Langen Art Gallery
Initial publish date
Sep 2019
General, Native American
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2019
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Zaagi'idiwin: Silent, Unquestionable Act of Love, creates an intersection where viewers meet to understand and explore the essence of relationships, the meaning of connection/disconnection, and the pain of loss. Through the making and documentation of jingle dresses, Marshall explores the deeply personal stories that have shaped her perception of the complexities of her family history in the context of Canadian history. The social inequities, resistance, and sorrow communicated in this body of work serve as a springboard to examine the act of compassion and forgiveness, which ultimately helps to move forward to a new and more affirmative place of being.

About the authors

Leanna Marshall is a member of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug. She currently lives in Thunder Bay, Ontario. As a maker of jingle dresses and skirts,Leanna tells stories of her ancestors and of the land, and stays in the intersection of where they meet to understand the essence of these relationships: connection, understanding and healing.

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Suzanne Luke is the Curator of the Robert Langen Art Gallery at Wilfrid Laurier University.


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Vera Wabegijig is an Aboriginal poet and artist from the Mississauga First Nation and Wikwemikong Unceded Reserve. Her nomadic learning style has brought her across this land to foster growth as a contemporary storyteller at the Enowkin Centre, University of Victoria and Banff Centre for the Arts. Vera has performed her poetry at many literary events in Ottawa, Vancouver, Victoria, and Penticton. Besides writing, Vera is also an emerging media artist. Her visual poems and other works have been screened at ImageNations Film and Video Festival, ImagineNative Film Festival, and Dawson City Film Festival. Vera has been honoured to receive the Louis Armstrong Literary Award and many grants and scholarships from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, BC Arts Council, National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, City of Ottawa, and First Peoples Cultural Foundation. She currently lives in Nepean, Ontario.

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