Thoughts on place of scraps

The Place of Scraps - Jordan Abel

Dedicated to the Indigenous peoples of North America, the place of scraps juxtaposes poetry and visual art with excerpts from Marius Barbeau’s "classic" anthropological study Totem Poles.

 

Text and black and white photographs collide. 

A full set of paragraphs on one page is presented on the following page with only select words evident, suggesting a new meaning. 

The ‘his’ of history appears like a settler’s declarative statement upon arrival in a homeland.

 

Sometimes only the punctuation remains, and readers must wonder at the decision, for instance, to include the indigenous language only in parentheses in Barbeau's work.

 

Curators and collectors claimed articles as small as beads and as large as totem poles, often in the name of preservation not extermination, and Jordan Abel invites readers to reconsider elements of this his-torical process and its legacy for today’s descendants.