"My art practice has always been about one thing over all; the representation/misrepresention of Indigenous peoples."
It is part of a life long quest to understand what it means to be Indigenous in a colonial world. It’s a quest for knowledge set in motion by my parents from as early as I can remember. I was raised in a family of artists who gave me a strong connection to my past and identity. But I was also raised in a world filled with images and ideas that contradicted what I was was taught at home. By looking at the misrepresentation of Indigenous people in the media, I was able to create my own hero from the stereotypes. Jay Silverheels has always been a hero of mine even if Tonto didn’t speak full sentences. Tired of fighting ignorance before I left high school, I felt a need to find a way to create understanding between the Indigenous and settler nations through my art. As a member of A Tribe Called Red, I have an opportunity to confront the misrepresentations of Indigenous people in the most effective way I can think of: in the way I depict myself and how I choose to show my culture to the world.
Ehren Thomas is a musician from Six Nations, living in Ottawa.