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On NowThu 17th Nov, 2022
until Thu 8th Dec, 2022
ᐊᒐᐦᑯᐢ ᐅᐦᒋ ᐸᐧᑕᒧᐃᐧᐣ
acahkos ohchi pwatamowin
a dream from the stars
“Our Elders believe that what is above is mirrored below, and this is our connection with misewa (all that is). Nêhiyaw (Cree) cosmology states that we are the Star People.”
- Wilfred Buck
The exhibition “acahkos ohchi pwatamowin” and the works contained within are an exploration of nêhiyaw cosmology and worldview through star constellation stories and knowledge. First inspired by an interview with respected nêhiyawêwin (Cree language) teacher Reuben Quinn, where I was told that the syllabics system used to write our language comes from the stars, I’ve been learning as much as possible from Elders and knowledge-keepers about acahkos, the stars. The work of Ininew astronomer and educator Wilfred Buck has also helped to inform and inspire my research.
Through interviews and close observations of the night sky, I have created works that represent four constellations of significant importance to nêhiyawak (Cree people). Sîsîkwan (the rattle), Niska (the goose), Atima Acahkosak (the dog stars) and Mista Muskwa (the great bear). Presented in this exhibition are ceramic sculptures, caribou-hair tufting, and a sound piece created in collaboration with musician Matthew Cardinal.
I want to extend a special thanks to those I interviewed and spoke to about this project. J...
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