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Here I Stand, Still Guarded

Johns, Melissa (2022) Here I Stand, Still Guarded. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Johns, Melissa

This research project explores Indigenous dispossession and cultural hybridity through an
immersive and evocative mode, using digital facsimiles of material biography as vessels of
meaning. Under the mixed frameworks of Indigenous theory, hauntology, diasporic theory,
autoethnography, and material culture theory, family possessions are assessed as cultural
artifacts, highlighting the lived experiences of French-Canadians and Kanien:ke’ha:ka diaspora in
temporal and geographical overlap. Key objectives for this research project are the virtual
translation of physical belongings as a means of storytelling and experimental archival,
challenging official narratives of Canadian culture.

Keywords: Canadian identity, Indigenous Diaspora, Virtual Reality, Storytelling, Memory and
Environment, Material Biography, Experimental Archival, Hauntology.

Date: 5 May 2022
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design
Date Deposited: 13 May 2022 20:07
Last Modified: 13 May 2022 20:14
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3630

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