Indigenous Artists Use Technology to Tell Stories About Their Ancestral Lands
By Demi Guo
June 15, 2020
Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun does not use email or text. In the Coastal Salish communities from which he hails, he has been known as a painter and a dancer since the 1980s. Yet, he has been exploring the “virtual reality renaissance”—the technology that allows you to figuratively step into a computer-generated 3D world—since it made its soft debut in the ’90s.
In 2019, Yuxweluptun fell in with Paisley Smith, a filmmaker and virtual reality director who, like Yuxweluptun, comes from the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, in what is today known as British Columbia.