Enclosing Some Snapshots

January 2023 - April 2023

James Brady

In our East Gallery, Wanuskewin Galleries will be showcasing the photographs of James Brady, a Metis man who is better known for his activism and being the driving forced behind the creation of settlements in Alberta. Brady is well-known to the Indigenous communities he travelled to in Alberta and Saskatchewan because he snapped photos as a way of keeping record of the people he met along the way. These photos have been collected by the Glenbow Museum over the past 30 years. This exhibition is co-created by Marcel Petit and curated by Paul Seeseequasis, who says, “It’s a chance to see snapshots of Indigenous life of four decades from one individual who travelled to many communities. I think that is a very unique, and interesting perspective.”

James Brady’s life (1908-1968) is intrinsically linked to the history and politics of Métis communities in western Canada. While he is known foremost as a political organizer and activist, Brady’s snapshots are now an invaluable record of Indigenous life and people in northern Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.