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"A Minor Sport In Canada"
Acrylic and Oil on Blanket
Boyer's work "A Minor Sport in Canada" is in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada. Of the work the artist has said.
"The idea was generated by a conversation with Rick Hill from the Six Nations Reserve, about how Indian kids have to be twice as good in hockey to make the team. He said even today in the game of Lacrosse, it is difficult for Indians to make the teams in Ontario. Then the same was said of marks in school. The connections seemed to go on and on, endlessly and depressingly.
About the same time I saw an article that said government troops treated their trip to Batoche as a sporting adventure. It seemed to me that they found fighting Indians and Metis to be a form of entertainment under the Union Jack."
Bob Boyer is Department Head and Associate Professor of Indian Art History, Department of Indian Art, Saskatchewan Indian Federated College, University of Regina.