How Much is that Indian in the Window speaks to the unreciprocated relationships some families have with the Indigenous children they adopted.
The little boy playing with the Indians and soldier figurines is a recurring theme in CHIPPEWAR’s work. CHIPPEWAR, Jay Soule was adopted by a white family during the Sixties Scoop, when Indigenous children were forcibly removed from their own families into the foster care system.
Although Karen has embraced the white saviour role by adopting an Indigenous child, and feels she has done the child a favour, she is inconvenienced by his presence and often refers to him as a rescue, like a dog.
The United Nations defines this as GENOCIDE.