This work was conceived and built upon the traditional and unceded territories of the Sinixt, Ktunaxa, Kwantlen, Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil -Wautuths peoples. Peoples who have yet to receive justice or reparation for their loss of rights and homelands. My work of reconciliation begins from this truth.
SUMMONING (NO WORDS) is dedicated to Indigenous 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 sanctuary.
Much love has been generated in the creation of this sound temple.
Whispered and spoken stories, poems and invocations for the soundscape were created by students, poets, friends, colleagues, community and family members whose contributions moved us with their humility, honesty and vulnerability.
The Shibori temple walls were built with contributions from many community members. who filled the room with spirit, wit and generosity as we dyed and sewed. 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. Appreciation to Tawahum Justin Bige for his work and his passion.
I was blessed to work with friend and Wiccan elder Bonnie Williams in the creation and leading of the project Activating Ritual.
Thank you to fibre artist Valerie D. Walker 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 of Nelson, BC with a residency and premiere exhibition. Much thanks to all the folks at Oxygen for believing in the project. Much love for artist run culture.
A special thank you to the talented project artists whose eyes lit up when I described the project and who gave me an enthusiastic, “Yes!” when I invited them to participate.
And finally, programmer Simon Lysander Overstall and artist assistant Mikayla Fawcett gave deeply to this project. Their contributions are highly significant. I couldn’t have asked for a better team.
Nicola Harwood, Project Director
Funding support for the project came from the following contributors whose belief and support of the vision made it possible: