Marissa Magneson is an Indigenous photographer from Toronto. Over the past year, Marissa has undergone a huge transformational journey of discovering her culture and where she comes from. Through this journey she has utilized photography as a way of expressing herself and opening discussion regarding the effects of colonialism on Indigenous culture. It is through this journey of education and art that Marissa is working towards cultural reclamation.
Exploring various mediums of art and showcasing cultural pride in the form of a narrative piece Marissa worked with West Coast carver, Joshua Prescott, to create these two pieces while visiting Vancouver Island as part of an Independent research project with York University. Joshua Prescott is currently working to bring back the Indigenous language, Nuu-chah-nulth, by teaching the next generation at the Port Alberni friendship daycare. There are less than 100 fluent speakers of Nuu-chah-nulth, most over the age of 65.
For more information on Joshua and his art pieces visit: JoshuaPrescott.ca