Jeffrey Thomas

Jeffrey is an urban-Iroquois, born in the city of Buffalo, New York in 1956. His parents and grandparents were born at the Six Nations reserve, near Brantford, Ontario and left the reserve to find work in the city. You won't find a definition for 'urban Iroquois' in any dictionary or anthropological publication--it is this absence that informs Jeffrey's work as a photo-based artist, researcher, independent curator, cultural analyst and public speaker. His study of Indian-ness seeks to create an image bank of his urban-Iroquois experience, as well as re-contextualize historical images of First Nations people for a contemporary audience. Ultimately, Jeffrey wants to dismantle long entrenched stereotypes and inappropriate caricatures of First Nations people. www.scoutingforindians.com