May 27, 2018

“Indian Church” painting renamed to remove “I” word offensive to white progressives

David MenziesMission Specialist


The dark art of historical revisionism was a thing under the tyrannical rule of Stalin during the darkest days of the Soviet Union. But now revisionism is being practiced by self-proclaimed goody two-shoes on the progressive left.

Barely a month goes by without the call going out to remove a statue of someone who no longer passes the PC sniff test.

Now, according to a CBC report, the Art Gallery of Ontario has scrubbed the word “Indian” from the 1929 painting, Indian Church, because curator Georgiana Uhlyarik says it is “a word that causes pain.”

But, who’s in pain from hearing that word?

Regardless, the painting is now called Church at Yuquot Village after the B.C. Indigenous community where it was located, but in tangible terms, what does such virtue-signalling really accomplish?

And, going forward, what other I-names will face the axe in the days ahead lest we trigger some sensitive progressives?

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commented 2018-05-28 10:46:01 -0400
Liza, good post.
Perhaps Chief Clarence Louie can publicly weigh in on this. I think it would be a great follow up story for David.
commented 2018-05-27 22:53:17 -0400
Lets try this spelling.

Queen Charlotte Islands
commented 2018-05-27 22:51:18 -0400
Somebody had better tell Clarence Louie. He has been the chief of the highly successful Osoyoos Indian Band since 1985 and he uses Indian to refer to himself. He also has an Indian motorcycle. If ‘Indian’ is good enough for Clarence Louie its good enough for me.

Emily Carr’s painting will always be called ‘Indian Church’ by those who love Emily’s paintings. The postmodernist neo marxist’s and perpetual victimhood industry can call it what ever they want. It will ALWAYS be referred to as ‘Indian Church’.

A few years ago they renamed Chinaman’s peak in Canmore, Alberta to Ha Ling Peak. Some SJW said calling it ’Chinaman’s’ was ‘hurtful’. Nobody who has hiked that mountain ever calls it Ha Ling, at least no one I know. It has always been Chinaman’s peak and they can’t just disappear names, words or history. They can try but it won’t work.

I love Emily Carr’s Indian Church Painting. She recorded all the totems in the Queen Charolettes on canvas and paper. A beautiful respectful record of west coast Indians history and art. The least the perpetually offended could do is leave the titles of her paintings as Emily named them. Its not respectful to Emily Carr’s work or memory in my opinion to alter them, for any reason.
commented 2018-05-27 22:12:31 -0400
David, you said Indian!! Ouch! that really hurt! Ouch! You said it again! Stop it! As a Metis that word is really painful…. Especially coming from a pale-face. Now cut it out!
commented 2018-05-27 16:30:19 -0400
Why are the people in pain seeking emotionally stunted responses/solutions?
commented 2018-05-27 15:22:11 -0400
I never use the word “Indian” unless it has to do with “cowboys and Indians”. I heard a long time ago that Europeans were trying to find a route to India and landed in America, (Florida, I think), so they called the indigenous people there “Indians”, so I’ve always thought that “Indian” was a misnomer.
commented 2018-05-27 14:24:14 -0400
Only cowards kiss Islamic butt.
commented 2018-05-27 12:32:08 -0400
Far left virtue signaling leftists along with (maybe) a couple token people from various protected victim groups is all it takes to erase culture & history it seems.