Working in a variety of media including painting, photography and film, Shelley Niro is known for using strategies of masquerade, parody and appropriation to challenge stereotypical images of aboriginal people. Here, Niro has turned to the subject of the land: the Grand River, which she considers an integral element of her identity. As she has said, "Growing up on the Six Nations Reserve, we were told the river belonged to us, six miles on both sides from its source to its mouth. It acts as an historical memorial for the reason the Six Nations live where they live and why." Although Niro has taken the photographs in a straightforward, almost documentary fashion, the cultural significance of place cannot be discounted as it informs the works in an intimate and engaging manner. The river and surrounding land, in this sense, is a living history, and photography serves to evoke its stories.