Nnu'sgw (Indigenous Woman) 2021


Nnu'sgw (Indigenous Woman)

Digital photo collage 


Robert Petley, 1812-1869, was a British Artist (Colonial voyeur). His work is housed in the National Gallery of Canada collection.

Petley published a Pictorial work of the Sketches in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. A series he conducted on the east coast of Turtle Island, what is now widely known as Canada. This reimaged photo collage was initially been given the title "Squaws of the Mic-mac Tribe" by Petley.

s̶q̶u̶a̶w̶ is an ethnic and sexual slur, “historically” used for Indigenous North American women.

The original lithograph done by Petley. 

Sketches in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick

Title: Squaws of the Mic-mac Tribe

Petley, Robert, 1812-1869

Picture, 1837, English


Lithograph, coloured with water colour, on wove paper. Laid down on cardboard


143 x 143; 172 x 213; 208 x 255 mm


Inscribed in the print, l.c.: P; l.l.: Drawn from Nature & on Stone by R. Petley Lieut. 50th. Regt.; l.r.: Day & Haghe Lithrs. to the King.; l.c.: Squaws of the Mic-mac Tribe.; b.: London, Published by J. Dickinson, New Bond Street. Inscribed in pencil, l.r.: 5 One of Petley's set of prints 'Sketches in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick,' London, 1837, issued in three parts of five each. Library (Toronto public library) has twelve prints including one, apparently on a wrapper, incorporating title "Recollections of Nova Scotia". deVolpi opp. pl. 66 (this impression, re-arranged in three separate parts)


Dickinson, Joseph, 1780-1849