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niyanan: poetry

niyanan: poetry

tansi i can’t even begin to digest the amazing presentations today by cheryl and mimi or the fantastic conversations during beading. so instead of writing my own thoughts i wish to share writing from some one else, sherman alexie, a poet and novelist. i’m sharing this poem because it touches…

The Summoner

The Summoner

  Over the past week we have all been brought together in different ways. Be it through discussion, beading circles, food or common interests we have all made new friends and future collaborations. I love collaboration, here are 2 amazing artists and friends, Dean (Deano) Hunt and Jeneen Frei Njootli laying…

Thankful on Tuesday…

Thankful on Tuesday…

Tuesday… Today was yet another day to be inspired. We heard from the incomparable Cheryl L’Hirondelle first thing as the day began. She shared some of her story, some of her art, some of her research and her beautiful voice. Thank you. My skin vibrated with your song. I am…

Cheryl L’Hirondelle

Cheryl L’Hirondelle

Cheryl L’Hirondelle provides an amazing history to the Indigenous Activist Art course, including reference to a project she worked on last year (summer, 2013) at the Reconsidering Reconciliation residency in Kamloops, BC.

Artist talks and performances

Artist talks and performances

Greetings all: Our summer intensive course, Indigenous Art Activism, is in half-way through, and the next few days will feature numerous talks, events, and performances, all open to the public. Tuesday, July 29 Artists discuss their works and the contexts of arts activism, Indigenous practices, and beyond. 10:15 am: Cheryl…

Welcome (back) to rMOOC

Note: rmooc officially wrapped up on Sept. 30, 2013 but this site will continue to be available as an archive and resource. Further, as part of an Intensive Indigenous Summer Program at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus, we are resurrecting this site for posts, visuals, and discussion from July 21 to Aug 1, 2014 to capture the thoughts behind the “Indigenous Activist Art” graduate/undergraduate seminar. 

From original introduction: “Art+Reconciliation,” is a MOOC that addresses how artistic practices can engage in questions of reconciliation, most particularly in the Canadian context of residential schools and the associated and ongoing Truth and Reconciliation Commission. As part of our process we explored the history of the residential school system in Canada, discussed strategies of creating and increasing an awareness of Indigenous practices and histories from Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal perspectives, engaged in a critical inquiry of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools, and all the while thought through how artistic media can be a driving force in this articulation. Our ‘course’ began July 15, 2013 and the first segment, incorporating the ‘Reconsidering Reconciliation’ arts residency in Kamloops, ran til Aug 31. The second phase ran through to Sept 30, 2013, with a rolling registration and sign up for this RMOOC  so participants could receive our updates. There were various manners by which viewers could partake, explained in the how to participate in this site via social media and tools we built that allowed various forms of contribution to the experience. rmooc is officially closed as an ongoing and maintained site, but will be reinvented as an archive and database that will likely take on new life as we all proceed with this work. 

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niyanan: poetry

tansi i can’t even begin to digest the amazing presentations today by cheryl and mimi or the fantastic conversations during beading. so instead of writing my own thoughts i wish to share writing from some one else, sherman alexie, a poet and novelist. i’m sharing this poem because it touches…

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