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The Path We Share

Four First Nations artists explore the parallel journey between the Mi'kmaq and Whales.

The Path We Share

Four First Nations artists explore the parallel journey between the Mi'kmaq and Whales.

CA$ 850
pledged of CA$ 7,500pledged of CA$ 7,500 goal
10
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, March 3 2016 12:43 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated March 3, 2016

About

THE PATH WE SHARE

SHORT FILM PROJECT

PLEASE JOIN US in creating our exciting documentary short film project, THE PATH WE SHARE, that will take us on a visually stunning journey as four First Nations artists explore the parallel stories between the Mi'kmaq People and the whales of the North Atlantic.

Award winning documentary filmmaker Nance Ackerman will join her long time collaborator, world renowned Mi'kmaq artist, Alan Syliboy in producing a short film (8-12 mins) that will document Alan and three other Aboriginal artists as they discover their own relationship with the whales of Nova Scotia (Mi'kma'ki).

Nance Ackerman
Nance Ackerman

Nance Ackerman(National Film Board  - Four Feet Up, Cottonland, Little Thunder and Fid)and Alan Syliboy are thrilled to be joining creative forces again to create this short doc that will be included in the final international travelling exhibit, First Nations film festivals, as well as broadcast on-line. They would be so grateful for any and all help from you to make this journey come to life. Together the two have had numerous gallery exhibitions, and in 2010 won awards and international acclaim for their NFB animated short, Little Thunder(https://www.nfb.ca/film/vistas_little_thunder).

Alan Syliboy
Alan Syliboy

 Alan will be sharing this journey with three incredibly talented artists:

Courtney Leonard
Courtney Leonard

Courtney M. Leonard (MFA, Rhode Island School of Design) is a multi-media artist and member of the Nation of Long Island, New York. (‘People of the Shore’, now part of New York State)

Charles Doucette
Charles Doucette

 Charles Doucette (BFA, NSCAD) is multi-media artist of the Potlotek First Nation who has had a lifelong interaction with the ocean as a child, artist, and band organizer of a commercial, food, and ceremonial fishery.

Frannie Francis
Frannie Francis

 Fran Ward Francis (B.A. Fine Arts, Saskatchewan Indian Federated College) is a Mi’kmaw artist and art instructor (NSCCD) working primarily in visual and textual media.

and we will be there, with our cameras, this summer as they begin their artistic journeys together with the whales in and around Brier Island, Nova Scotia.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT

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For more information on the filmmakers' work, please see: www.nanceackerman.com  and alansyliboy.org 

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The Genesis of the Brier Island Whale Project...

Whales are seldom-sighted travellers indigenous to the world beneath the waters of Mi'kma'ki. Recently (just a few centuries back), the course of whale life was significantly altered by contact with visitors who stayed. While predation did not begin with these settlers, their pursuit of livelihoods beyond subsistence became a threat to the very existence of whales. Their habitat too, has deteriorated with the depletion of food sources, purity of water, and intrusion of substances, sounds, climatic change, and physical hazards that have accompanied the new ways.

But in the past 40 years, the whales of Mi’kma’ki have had some protection from direct slaughter – sympathizers from earth world. Now, their ability to peacefully thrive is hindered only by each of the other perils of the list above. In this period, whales have been recast as objects of observation, of projected nobility, and economically valued as bait for adventure tourism. Mi’kmaw are sometimes-sighted occupants indigenous to the earth world of Mi’kma’ki. Recently (just a few centuries back), the course of Mi’kmaw life was significantly altered by contact with visitors who stayed. Cultural predation began with some of these settlers. Their pursuit of power and religious regime, along with that of livelihoods beyond subsistence, became a threat to the very existence of the Mi’kmaq. Our habitat too, has deteriorated with the depletion of food sources, purity of water, and intrusion of substances, languages, climatic change, and physical hazards that have accompanied the new ways. But in the past 40 years, we Mi’kmaw have had some protection from direct ethnocide: resistance. Now, our ability to peacefully thrive is hindered only by the legacy of each of the other perils of the list above.

In this period, Mi’kmaw people too have been recast as objects of observation, of projected nobility, and to some extent are commoditized for cultural tourism; but the sources of our resilience are bigger than these things. This parallel journey – of whale and Mi’kmaq marked by contact with new others – has occurred to me over the past few years since I began painting whales more frequently. During this same period, I have increasingly used media for artistic exploration additional to my painting language: video, projections, audio composition, songs, drumming.

Exhibitions, concerts, and cultural events have brought me into contact with many other First Nations artists. Three of these, I discovered through conversation, have also been pondering whales in relation to their art and being. This request for support is to enable my multi-media contribution to an eventual group exhibition (for which we already have verbal agreement from the AGNS and Beaverbrook Gallery).

Courtney L. Leonard (MFA, Rhode Island School of Design) is a multi-media artist and member of the Shinnecock Nation (‘People of the Shore’, now part of New York State). Her work lately, as pursued through research, audio-visual documenting, painting, scrimshaw, and ceramics, has focused on the cultural sustainability implications of depletion of objects/beings of sacred inspiration and relationship. When, by law or extinction, encounters with whales are absent, how do a people who have shaped themselves around whale-centred ceremony and song continue? Is there a new material substitute? Can it be art? Courtney will explore historical ties to water and whale(s) (comparing the Brier Island cultural landscape with those of her place), imposed change, and a current relationship of material sustainability through the lens of the term ‘breach’.

Charles Doucette (BFA, NSCAD) is multi-media artist of the Potlotek First Nation who has had a lifelong interaction with the ocean as a child, artist, and band organizer of a commercial, food, and ceremonial fishery. Along with painting and photography, Charles assembles found materials to create artefacts and installations. He has collected and used whale bones, baleen, and teeth for his art, as well as ‘the sweet smell’ of childhood memory triggered by rotting whale flesh. Whales for Charles are ever-present but distant. They are the creatures for vessels to avoid on fishing routes or the movement beneath spouting spray and swirling schools of herring, but he has never directly sought them out for encounter. Charles will create art from this quest to be close to those who have accompanied him from a distance.

Fran Ward Francis (B.A. Fine Arts, Saskatchewan Indian Federated College) is a Mi’kmaw artist and art instructor (NSCCD) working primarily in visual and textual media. Her interest in whales is an uncomfortable one. As a student of her culture, she is very aware of the importance of world beneath the water and its inhabitants to her people both now and for previous generations. She was brought up by water. But Frannie has a deep fear of the deep – aqua phobia. Her journey to Brier Island and its surrounding waters, her proximity to a life-force from what is to her current psyche an abyss, will be for her a bold artistic leap, a leap that will express itself visually and spiritually. I will not impose my framework of parallel contact and consequence onto the other artists; but I will draw inspiration from their art and experiences on this collective journey.

I will create works both on-site (event, performance, whale honour song composition, audio-video recording, and painting) and in-studio (animation, painting, sound and video mixing). I anticipate that these, along with the works of my colleagues, will together form something like ceremony -- helping each of us reconcile our worlds of art, whales, and contact... Alan Syliboy, July 2014

REWARDS

Pledge $25 Dollars or More: Receive (5) Art Cards From Our Distinguished "The Path We Share Artist" Frannie Francis

Artist Cards Created by Frannie Francis
Artist Cards Created by Frannie Francis
Artist Cards Created by Frannie Francis
Artist Cards Created by Frannie Francis
Artist Cards Created by Frannie Francis
Artist Cards Created by Frannie Francis
Artist Cards Created by Frannie Francis
Artist Cards Created by Frannie Francis

Pledge $40 Dollars or More: Receive a DVD of the Completed Documentary

The Path We Share Documentary DVD
The Path We Share Documentary DVD

Pledge $175 Dollars or More: Receive a DVD of the Completed Documentary and (3) Alan Syliboy Art Cards

Alan Syliboy Art Card
Alan Syliboy Art Card

Pledge $200 Dollars or More: Receive a DVD of the Completed Documentary and A Limited Edition 8" x 12" Aluminum Print From Our Distinguished "The Path We Share" Artist Courtney M. Leonard of "Archetype (Ship Harbour - The Deanery Project Residency)"

"Archetype" Limited Edition Aluminum Print by Courtney M. Leonard
"Archetype" Limited Edition Aluminum Print by Courtney M. Leonard

 Pledge $250 Dollar or More: Receive a DVD of the Completed Documentary and an Alan Syliboy Whale Print

Alan Syliboy Whale Print
Alan Syliboy Whale Print

Pledge $750 or More: Receive a DVD of the Completed Documentary and a "Scrimshaw Study" Original Sculpture From Our Distinguished "The Path We Share" Artist Courtney M. Leonard

"Scrimshaw Study"Original Sculpture by Courtney M. Leonard
"Scrimshaw Study"Original Sculpture by Courtney M. Leonard

 Pledge $1000 Dollar or More: Receive a DVD of the Completed Documentary and an Alan Syliboy Whale Drum

Alan Syliboy Whale Drum
Alan Syliboy Whale Drum

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