Carleton Curatorial Laboratory (CCL): My Mom, kahntinetha Horn, the “Military Mohawk Princess”

January 21 - April 28, 2019

The public life of kahntinetha Horn has largely been shaped by the camera lens and reporters’ pens.

In the early 1960s, Horn modeled fashion for print magazines and then the runway in Montreal, Toronto and New York City, garnering attention as a rare Indigenous face in an industry dominated by whiteness.

She turned this attention into activism fueled by the destruction of her grandparents’ home on the Caughnawaga Indian Reserve, after the expropriation of their land for the St. Lawrence Seaway. One of the first modern-day, Indigenous celebrities, Horn would go on to become the Indian Princess in the Indigenous and Canadian imaginations.

This exhibition is a snapshot of the years my mother spent in the eye of the storm, as an Indigenous celebrity and activist in the 1960s. What kind of Indian spoke out? Said anything? Was heard, no less? Especially a woman.

Curated by

Kahente Horn-Miller