As Professor David Stirrup, School of English, American Literature and Indigenous Studies at the University of Kent and principle investigator for the Indigenous Mobilities conference states,

“In 2006 Anishinaabe artist Robert Houle (Sandy Bay First Nation) conceived Paris/Ojibwa during his residency at La Cité des Arts in Paris. Partly a commemoration of the 1845 visit of Maungwudaus and his troupe of performers, and partly a “reply” to the contemporary responses of French writers and artists such as George Sand, Charles Baudelaire, and Eugène Delacroix, the work reflects on the history and politics of encounter, and on disappearance. The piece recalls Indigenous ties to the land, while also alluding to the untimely deaths of members of Maungwudaus’s troupe and family while on tour. The resulting installation invited renewed encounter between Parisian publics and that Anishinaabe history—which was also part of their own history—through the reinterpretive lens of a contemporary Anishinaabe traveller. It reverberates with echoes of that earlier journey, while also generating its own legacies, drawing on the residues of Ojibwa presence in Paris through Parisian culture itself.

This conference, drawing on the work of the “Beyond the Spectacle: Native North American Presence in Britain” project, seeks to build on the growing body of work examining Indigenous travel across the Atlantic, broadening the scope of our present project from Britain to Europe more broadly, and from North American/transatlantic to global concerns. (more info)”

Complete information on the 2010 Reparative Act performances in Paris, France here.