Landon Mackenzie

Tracking Athabasca: Macke it to Thy Other Side (Land of Little Sticks)

1999
In creating "Tracking Athabasca", Landon Mackenzie has combined historical information from a Hudson Bay Company map of northern Saskatchewan and archival documentation from "official" sources such as colonial government records with the collected histories of individuals. One such narrative is that of Doris Whitehead, a woman of Cree, Chipewyan, and Scottish descent raised in the Athabasca region by her grandmother. A recovered drug addict and former prostitute, Whitehead recounted her stories of displacement, marginalization, and memory to Mackenzie one afternoon in Vancouver, while indicating territorial lines in marker on Mackenzie's painting. By layering various symbols and markings, Mackenzie has tracked obscured histories across the Canadian geography.
Title
Tracking Athabasca: Macke it to Thy Other Side (Land of Little Sticks)
Date
1999
Medium
Painting
Materials
acrylic on linen
Dimensions
228.6 x 312.4 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Gift of the artist, Vancouver, 2004
Accession number
41576