Downtown Indigenous mural showcasing cultural ‘revival’ defaced – Orillia Matters

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Downtown Indigenous mural showcasing cultural ‘revival’ defaced – Orillia Matters

by ahnationtalk on August 18, 202243 Views

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A downtown piece of art commemorating Indigenous culture has been defaced.

Done in collaboration with Eclectic Café and Indigenous art collective Windigo Army earlier this year, the building-side mural at the corner of Mississaga and Andrew streets depicts five Indigenous children dancing with a Haudenosaunee Smoke Dancer.

At the time it was completed, Windigo Army said the mural showcases how “the revival of our culture is possible through sheer will and determination of the current and next generations.”

Earlier this week, however, café owner Melanie Robinson found the artwork had been defaced with orange spray paint and obscenities.

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