Listen to Lisa Telford on her work
Aajii hlgitgee “PochaHaida” hanuu kya’aang. Lisa Telford tlaawhlagan, aaljii Pocahontas gya hlgitgee giinaan aanaa. Ts’uu isgyaan sGaahlaan giid Telford ga xalgan, ‘waagyaan Gii hlGangulgan. Gin giid gya gyaangswee kuwee k’al ahl tl’ tlaawhlaagiinii, ahljii ahluu “faux fur” Telford gyaandagan. Nang Xaadaa jaad gin dah kwaan aajii ahluu aa. Xaadgeekwaan Pocahontas (Powhatan) ‘ll an ‘unsiidwaang. Awaahl Gagwii Powhatan k’ul jaad iijan, isgyaan‘ll kihlga Gaayaaga gud ‘ahl yaats’ Xaadgee. Gin hlGanguls gya Telford jaadgee gyaahlaangs ga hl suudaang, isgyaan Pochontas ‘ll yahgudang anaa.
Lisa Telford’s PochaHaida is a twist and commentary on the dress Pocahontas wears in the Disney movie of the same name. It is made of pounded red and yellow cedar bark that Telford gathered and processed herself. Customarily, cedar garments use sea otter fur; in this case, however, Telford opted for faux fur, for a “commercialized Haida woman.” Pocahontas (Powhatan) is a historical figure who has been romanticized in popular culture. In the early 1600s she served as a translator, ambassador, and leader for her people as they encountered and negotiated with European colonists. Telford’s work critiques the commercialization of images and stories of Native women and honors the power Pocahontas held in her community.