Tea & Bannock: Storytelling and Reclaiming Visual Narrative
"I want a community of women who just … get it.”
In early 2016, these words would start on an online collective showcasing the stories and experiences of Indigenous women, co-created by Tenille K Campbell (Dene) and Joi T Arcand (Cree), featuring eight Indigenous women photographers throughout Turtle Island, as well as numerous other guest bloggers and multi-media artists.
tea&bannock is a safe space for Indigenous women to speak of their experiences, share their perspectives, their hopes and dreams - without filtering, without having to explain cultural nuance. We write of everything from motherhood to genocide, bannock recipes to post-secondary burnout. We share images of our traditional lands and our matriarchs, and we share images of thriving urban Indigenous people.
We break stereotypes with every post.
We reclaim our visual narrative with every image we share, every truth we write.
We are a gathering space, much like the kitchen tables of home, full with tea and bannock.
Sit down with us.
Tenille Campbell is Dene and Métis from English River First Nation in Northern Saskatchewan. She is sweetmoon photography: a self-taught photographer specializing in photographing Indigenous people. She is also the co-creator of tea&bannock, an online collective blog featuring the photographs and stories of Indigenous women photographers throughout Turtle Island.
She has completed her MFA in Creative Writing from UBC and is in her PhD studies at the University of Saskatchewan, focusing in Indigenous Literature. She is the author of #IndianLovePoems, a poetry collection with a gaze upon Indigenous Erotica and the humour within.