East/ West: The Capture Of Mary March
This capture and captivity of Desmasduit, one of the last indigenous people of Newfoundland, is the starting point for this mediation on the history of colonization. Fire, a Victorian chair, a portrait of Desmasduit, and the two oceans encompassing the colonized land stand as symbols for isolation, assimilation, and the final self-contemplation of history that is embodied in the story of Mary March (Desmasduit) and metaphorically extended into contemporary culture.
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