Walter Kahero:ton Scott takes a very concrete approach to matters of identity. Up against the archetype of the Indian in feathers, fashions or cultural practices foreign to First Nations, contemporary Aboriginal people can’t just fall back on cultural symbols to define their very being. For Scott, affirming identity is more a question of state of mind, proudly shared among a given group, rather than looking back nostalgically at the past or breathlessly keeping up with the latest fads. His work is a tribute to Mohawk youth and a celebration of the spirit that lives within them, as individuals but also as a coherent group.
Indians!, (Taylor), (detail)
Walter Kahero:ton Scott