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John Ware Reclaimed

Cheryl Foggo

Event/Exhibition meta autogenerated block.


Sasktel Theatre

Cinema at the Musuem presents a series of documentaries that explore the landscape, people, and connections of the prairies and great plains. These films showcase the vastness of the land with personal connection, closeness and reevaluation of what nature, identity and community represent within its current colonial borders. 

John Ware Reclaimed follows filmmaker Cheryl Foggo on her quest to uncover the complex story of John Ware, a Black cowboy and rancher who settled in Alberta prior to the turn of the 20th century. As she endeavours to dig past the racist myths and mis-tellings surrounding Ware, she recalls her childhood in Calgary, her own experiences of racism, and her family’s history as part of the 1910 migration to western Canada to escape violence in the southern United States. She also evokes the suppressed history of a thriving Black presence in the Prairies: the Black pioneers who lived, worked and raised families in the west. Foggo’s archival, genealogical and archaeological search, and her creative reimagining of John Ware’s life, reveal who this iconic figure might have been, and what his legacy means. 

Films are $10 or free with membership. Talks, tours and other events are admission by donation or free with membership.

John Ware Reclaimed
Directed by Cheryl Foggo
2020, Canada, 72 mins, PG

October 28, 2022 at 7:00PM 8:30PM

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