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SUMMONING (NO WORDS) is dedicated to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous women of North America. Women whose bodies, spirits and families have born the brunt of the violence of colonization. May the spirit of this project continue the work of acknowledgement and reparation and may the voices of the singers offer healing to the women's spirits and the spirits of their families and communities. May our work bring peace.


SUMMONING (No Words) was conceived by Nicola Harwood and built by many people. Our work took place on the traditional and unceded territories of the Indigenous Sinixt, Ktunaxa, Kwantlen and Musqueam peoples. Peoples who who have yet to receive reparation for their loss of rights and homelands. My work of conciliation begins from this truth.

Much love has been generated in the creation of this sound temple.

Whispered and spoken vocal audio for the soundscape was created and contributed by students, poets, friends, colleagues, community and family members. Thank you especially to the many Kwantlen University students who offered their personal, vulnerable and honest contributions to this work. Thank you to Mikayla Fawcett and Tawahum Justin Bige for their work with community members helping to bring these recordings into being.

The Shibori temple was built with the contributions of many Nelson, BC community members, neighbours and friends who filled the room with spirit, wit and generosity. They helped with dyeing, sewing and ironing. They loaned us sewing machines and brought us lunch. Thanks to project artist Bessie Wapp who lead us in song as we worked.

Mo Cordes climbed ladders and was a super person right when I needed them. Thank you to Randi Fjeldseth for her generous documentation.

I was blessed to work with my friend and mentor, Witch elder Bonnie Williams in the creation and leading of the Activation Ritual. Her care for the project was deep and inspiring. 

Thank you to fibre artist Valerie D. Walker of Vancouver who shared her extensive shibori and natural dyeing knowledge with us so that we could share this with the community.

The project was supported by Oxygen Art Centre, with much thanks to Miriam Needoba, the board and members for believing in the project.  Accommodation for artists was generously donated by Oxygen members, Antonia Banyard, Clinton Swanson, Nancy Rosenblum, Mary Whitlock and Rachel Holt.

A special thank you to the project singers and composers whose eyes lit up when I described the project and who gave me an enthusiastic "Yes!" when I invited them to participate. Don Macdonald deserves credit for his insightful compositional advice and Kyra Soko gave generously of their time and expertise on sound and recording.

And finally, artist assistant Mikayla Fawcett and composer/ interaction programmer Simon Lysander Overstall gave deeply to this project with their time, hearts, bodies and minds. Their contributions are highly significant. I couldn’t have asked for a better team.

Thank you,

Nicola Harwood

Funding support for the project came from the following contributors whose belief and support of the vision made it possible:


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