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重新想象——残疾人社区如何接触艺术

瑞秋纪念文化日

2021年6月29日

RE:GENERATE: A Journey of Creative Resilience

马洛里Gemmel

2021年9月20日

艺术junktion在温尼伯,MB

文化的日子

2021年9月16日

\n\nDirector and Curator at Salmon Arm Arts Centre and Art Gallery, Tracey Kutschker has 20 years of experience in a management role in the arts and culture sector.Prior to partnering with BC Culture Days\u2019 RE:GENERATE series, the Salmon Arm Arts Centre was already offering support to artists, encouraging the creation of digital media. The Song Sparrow Hall in Salmon Arm is a unique space that provides facilities and resources for digital production offering equipment for taping video and audio and acoustic event space for music performance. RE:GENERATE helped to amp up and enrich Salmon Arm\u2019s creative initiatives and digital projects. \n\n![Louis Thomas, Neskonlith Knowledge-Keeper and mentor for Salmon Arm\u2019s Marie Manson Virtual Artist Residency. Sculpture by Artist Resident Lucas Glenn.](assets\/BC\/louis-lucasart_sut2Op.jpg)\n\nTracey describes:\n\n\u201cIn Salmon Arm, we really punch above our weight in terms of the presentation of cultural activities. When the pandemic shut down live arts events, we all went straight to work creating digital content to keep our collective brains working and inspired. This RE:GENERATE series allowed the arts leaders to reconnect after a long year of isolation and just keeping our organizations afloat. We guided each other as we storyboarded our ideas, and we each reached out to integral supporters and founders to add to our videos. ![Colin James Main Stage Photo by Craig Pulsifer. Featured in Salmon Arm Roots and Blues - Altered States II.](assets\/BC\/colin-james-main-stage-photo-by-craig-pulsifer_a0r0Lg.jpg){.small.right} \n\nWe dug deep into the purposes of our events to extract what we think makes Salmon Arm special, and from that these five products help shine a light on the community\u2019s creativity and resiliency. The creation of digital content is now ubiquitous among arts non-profits, so the challenge wasn\u2019t how to manifest these videos, it was more how to show the true behind-the-scenes antics that most arts organizations are up to as we plan and execute events. Approaching this series with that lens made us recognize and value our own work, which tends to go unnoticed.\u201d \n\nPresident of the Prince Rupert Community Arts Council, Sandra Jones, says that in working on the RE:GENERATE series, \u201cWe discovered that there continues to be much going on in the arts and culture space in Prince Rupert, despite the challenges of the pandemic.\u201d \n\n![Russell Mather in Prince Rupert's Truth and Reconciliation Pole.](assets\/BC\/russel-mathers-totem_wVEdaC.png)\n\nCreating videos for RE:GENERATE helped to foster and renourish relationships among people in the Prince Rupert community. Sandra explains:\n\n\u201cPeople were invited to examine what they did during the Covid-19 Pandemic and found that the process actually clarified that they had done a lot more work than they imagined. They went into the process believing that they had been stalled and upon reflection realized that they had accomplished a great deal - often in ways that were new and unusual for them. People found that the process helped them to engage with others in their organization (if they had one) and also with the videographer.\u201d\n\n\n![Prince Rupert's The Treble with Covid.](assets\/BC\/music-still_ywHC2X.png){.pull.right} In addition to screening the 5 films created by and about Prince Rupert, Prince Rupert Community Arts Council is hosting an in-person film festival at the Lester Centre for the Arts that will showcase various other community-based films. \u201cWhen we screen the series of videos we have created, we imagine that even more great connections will be nourished between artists and cultural leaders as well as within the community at large,\u201d says Sandra. \n\n![Spuct Totem Pole featured in Bella Coola's Totem Carving.](assets\/BC\/screen-shot-2021-09-17-at-9_8c1R8c.png)\n\nBC Culture days extends our greatest thanks to each community who took part in creating the RE:GENERATE Series. Please join us as we celebrate and learn about the rich cultural sectors of these communities by tuning in every Friday for new video premieres. \n\n\n![Mark Locki in Kimberely During the Pandemic.](assets\/BC\/screen-shot-2021-09-17-at-10_TPMO3A.png)\n\n\n\n\n\n\n**RE:GENERATE Prince Rupert premieres Friday Sept 24, 2021** \n\n[Watch here.](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/hubs\/552ace65-b1b6-495f-8513-114cef82375f)\n\n_Presented in partnership with the Prince Rupert Community Arts Council._\n\n**RE:GENERATE Bella Coola premieres Friday Oct 1, 2021**\n\n[Watch here.](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/hubs\/a179ac55-f8c0-4622-afd8-fe8871f72534) \n\n_Presented in partnership with the Bella Coola Music Festival, Williams Lake and District Credit Union, and Bella Coola Community Forest._\n\n\n**RE:GENERATE Sooke premieres Friday Oct 8, 2021**\n\n[Watch here.](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/hubs\/0528c230-6acd-4bf2-9cb8-f8cd9cf946db) \n\n_Presented in partnership with the Sooke Arts Council and Odlum Brown Limited._\n\n\n**RE:GENERATE Salmon Arm premieres Friday Oct 15, 2021**\n\n[Watch here.](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/hubs\/a179ac55-f8c0-4622-afd8-fe8871f72534)\n\n_Presented in partnership with the Salmon Arm Arts Centre and Shuswap Tourism._\n\n\n**RE:GENERATE Kimberley premieres Friday Oct 22, 2021**\n\n[Watch here.](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/hubs\/c397da82-2c17-4816-95c5-3fca1d92ec3a) \n\n_Presented in partnership with Kimberley Arts at Centre 64._\n\n\n![RE:GENERATE Series Trailer.](assets\/BC\/screen-shot-2021-09-17-at-9_LIEdEQ.png)","content_fr":null,"should_publish_at":null,"published_at":"2021-09-20 09:04:07","first_published_at":"2021-09-20 09:04:07","deleted_at":null,"created_at":"2021-09-17 14:14:12","updated_at":"2021-09-21 18:39:26","thumbnail_file_id":null,"featured_at":null,"is_featured":false,"is_published":true,"should_publish":false,"status":"published"}" style="scroll-snap-align: start;">

RE:GENERATE: A Journey of Creative Resilience

马洛里Gemmel

2021年9月20日

A lot of the time, you're asked to simplify things and make your vision fit into something that settler or white audiences could understand better. And we didn't try to do that.\n\nAccording to Krista Ulujuk Zawadski, Curator of Inuit Art for the Government of Nunavut\u2019s Department of Culture and Heritage, who is one of _INUA\u2019s_ four co-curators, this show reimagines the exhibition of Inuit art in many ways. Most important, she says, \u201cWe're all Inuit, and it was all Inuit at every level of the project. Our project manager at the WAG is an Inuk, our exhibition designer is an Inuk, our catalog designer is an Inuk.\u201d\n\n![_INUA_ Curatorial Team. From L-R: Kablusiak, Krista Ulujuk Zawadski, asinnajaq, Dr. Heather Igloliorte. Photo courtesy of WAG.](assets\/National\/blog\/curating-inua\/inua-curatorial-team_dnyDh4.jpg)\n\n_INUA\u2019s_ lead curator, Dr. Heather Igloliorte, who\u2019s originally from Nunatsiavut (Labrador), is Assistant Professor and University Research Chair in Indigenous Art History and Community Engagement at Montreal\u2019s Concordia University. The other _INUA_ co-curators are Kablusiak, a Calgary-based multi-disciplinary Inuk artist who was born in Yellowknife, and asinnajaq, an urban Inuk artist and curator from Inukjuak, Nunavik, who grew up in Montr\u00e9al.\n\nTo select works for _INUA_, an acronym for Inuit Nunangat Ungammuaktut Atautikkut, meaning \u201clife force\u201d or \u201cInuit moving forward together,\u201d the curators reviewed pieces from the WAG\u2019s permanent collection and the Government of Nunavut\u2019s holdings. They worked with WAG staff to secure loans of artworks from artists and museums elsewhere. They also commissioned about 15 new works in a variety of media directly from Inuit artists.\n\n**Expanding the Perceptions of Inuit Art**\n\nWorking with an all-Inuit team empowered the curators to centre Inuit perspectives, asinnajaq says. \u201cA lot of the time, you're asked to simplify things and make your vision fit into something that settler or white audiences could understand better. And we didn't try to do that.\u201d\n\n\u201cIf you always simplify things,\u201d she continues, \u201caren't you feeding into making a stereotype?\u201d\n\nWhen people describe Inuit art, explains Zawadski, \u201cthey might say, \u2018Oh, it's prints and drawings from Cape Dorset. Or it's dancing bear carvings.\u2019 But Inuit art is much more than that.\u201d\n\n![Krista Ulujuk Zawadski. Photo courtesy of WAG](assets\/National\/blog\/curating-inua\/krista-ulujuk-zawadski_p1EUQ2.jpg){.small}\n\n\u201cWe tried to represent Inuit art in all forms,\u201d she says. \u201cThat includes LGBTQ+ artists. That includes urban Inuit artists. That includes Inuit from Alaska and Greenland and Calgary. That's something that not a lot of other shows have done.\u201d\n\nJocelyn Piirainen, the WAG\u2019s Assistant Curator of Inuit Art, who worked closely with the guest curators, says that in addition to carvings, textiles, prints, and drawings, _INUA_ features video, sound, multimedia installations, and other contemporary pieces.\n\n**Connecting to the Ancestors**\n\nEach co-curator also selected a work by a family member. These \u201cancestor pieces,\u201d Zawadski says, are \u201cour way of saying, \u2018This is who I am, where I come from.\u2019 Because that's something that we do as Inuit. People always ask you, \u2018Who are your parents, who are your grandparents?\u2019 They want to know where you're coming from, whose family do you belong to.\u201d\n\nSearching the WAG\u2019s permanent collection, Zawadski found a tusk carved by her great-grandfather Victor Sammurtok. Igloliorte\u2019s ancestor piece is a beaded, caribou-hide bag that her grandmother Suzannah Igloliorte made. asinnajaq chose a pair of fur-clad dolls crafted by her great aunt Elisapee Inukpuk, while Kablusiak\u2019s grandmother Ella Nasogaluak-Brown created _Arnaq & Angun_, dolls wearing traditional dresses from Inuvialuit in the Western Arctic. \n\n**Why Winnipeg?**\n\nThe issue of whether this major centre of Inuit art should be located outside traditional Inuit lands has been a contentious one. Yet as Zawadski says, \u201cBuilding Qaumajuq doesn't stop facilities being built in Inuit homelands.\u201d\n\n![asinnajaq. Photo courtesy of WAG](assets\/National\/blog\/curating-inua\/asinnajaq_suSmm1.jpg){.pull}{.right}\n\n\u201cIt\u2019s a very good thing to have a facility like this, and there should be more facilities,\u201d asinnajaq agrees. \u201cTo me, it\u2019s not a question of there being one and where should it be on earth. The answer is more.\u201d\n\nQaumajuq is creating new ways to connect to Inuit, too, particularly urban Inuit living in Winnipeg. \u201cIt\u2019s a big deal to have a building, a very beautiful, special building, that's dedicated to you,\u201d says asinnajaq.\n\n\n\n\n\nBut for Inuit, asinnajaq points out, \u201cIt\u2019s not just our space. It\u2019s our space being hosted in Treaty One territory by all of these nations\u201d in Winnipeg, the city with the largest Indigenous population in Canada. The Qaumajuq team is working on programming to promote engagement between the Inuit, First Nations, and M\u00e9tis communities.\n\n![Visible Vault, Qaumajuq, the Inuit art Centre at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Photo by Lindsay Reid.](assets\/National\/blog\/curating-inua\/visible-vault-qaumajuq-the-inuit-art-centre-at-the-winnipeg-art-gallery_DkQyg3.jpg)\n\nAnd beyond _INUA_, Piirainen suggests, Qaumajuq is holding this massive collection of Inuit art for safekeeping. A key Qaumajuq design feature is the three-story, glass [Visible Vault](https:\/\/www.wag.ca\/art\/visible-vault\/), displaying nearly 5,000 carvings, where Piirainen says everyone \u201ccan feel they are free to come in, walk around the vault, and really see the pieces up close.\u201d\n\n![Visible Vault, Qaumajuq, the Inuit art Centre at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Photo by Lindsay Reid.](assets\/National\/blog\/curating-inua\/visible-vault-qaumajuq-the-inuit-art-centre-at-the-winnipeg-art-gallery_jSh6rP.jpg)\n\n**Reaching Audiences Beyond Winnipeg**\n\nQaumajuq opened with a series of virtual events to show off its art to audiences across Canada and beyond. \n\n[An online version of the _INUA_ exhibit](https:\/\/www.wag.ca\/inua-online\/) on the Qaumajuq website enables visitors to walk through the exhibition remotely, and the museum is offering monthly virtual programs highlighting different components of the show. Igloliorte worked with a team of Inuit students to create [_Nagvaaqtavut | What We Found_](https:\/\/www.wag.ca\/inua-online\/#artwork), a multimedia guide that shares stories about some of the _INUA_ works. The WAG\u2019s education team has been offering virtual tours to Inuit students across the north as well.\n\nBy combining these online tools with in-person visits, Zawadski concludes, _INUA_ \u201cis going to reach far more people than any other Inuit art show ever has.\u201d\n\n_Cover image: Qaumajuq, the Inuit art Centre at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Photo by Lindsay Reid._\n\n\n\n\n**This article is part of a [special blog series](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/re-imagine-series) featuring writers and creatives from across Canada (and beyond!) with stories that both highlight and celebrate Culture Days\u2019 2021 theme, RE:IMAGINE. Explore more stories below.**\n- [The Road Less Travelled: Three artists reimagine success and career](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/the-road-less-travelled) by Linh S. Nguy\u1ec5n\n- [Arts in Motion](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/arts-in-motion) by Aaron Rothermund\n- [Reimagining Public Spaces: The Share-It-Square in Portland, Oregon](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/reimagining-public-spaces) by Laura Puttkamer\n- [Refresh: How a Year on Instagram Redefined Artistic Communities](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/refresh-artistic-communities-on-instagram) by Eva Morrison\n- [RE:PURPOSE](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/repurpose) by Mike Green\n- [Recalibrating: A Look at Opera InReach](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/recalibrating-opera-inreach) by Anya Wassenberg\n- [Reimagine\u2014How the Disability Community Accesses the Arts](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/reimagine-how-disability-community-accesses-arts) by Rachel Marks\n- [Reimagining Community and the Workplace of Theatre](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/reimagining-theatre) by Nat\u00e9rcia Napole\u00e3o\n- [Helm Studios flips the for-profit music model to empower artists](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/reimagine-helm-studios) by Aly Laube\n- [When Less is More: What Theatre Can Learn From a Year in Slow Motion](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/when-less-is-more) by Megan Hunt\n- [RE:ORCHESTRATING Our Future: Advancing Sustainable Development Through The Arts](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/reorchestrating-our-future) by Ryan Elliot Drew\n- [RE:DEFINING Normal: A Prescription for a Canadian Cultural Landscape in Recovery](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/redefining-normal) by Valerie Sing Turner","content_fr":null,"should_publish_at":null,"published_at":"2021-07-15 09:05:57","first_published_at":"2021-07-15 09:05:57","deleted_at":null,"created_at":"2021-07-13 14:00:14","updated_at":"2021-08-24 16:13:27","thumbnail_file_id":null,"featured_at":null,"is_featured":false,"is_published":true,"should_publish":false,"status":"published"}" style="scroll-snap-align: start;">

策展“INUA”,加拿大最新的因纽特艺术展览

卡洛琳·b·海勒,文化日

2021年7月15日

Building a boat is a process of thinking, knowing, and doing\u2014of learning and creating, which are the two most important of all human activities. It is not a single big job; it is a thousand little jobs, some of them done over and over and over.\n\n![Getting the hang of things (Photo: Maritime Museum of the Atlantic).](assets\/National\/blog\/building-boats-changing-lives\/picture2_fFcp3r.png){.overflow}\n\nDay 1 is over before you know it, and everyone goes home a little sore, but satisfied to see their boat taking shape. By Day 2, with the exterior of the rowboat complete, the builders add the interior frames, seat risers, and seats. In between the major steps there is always more planing, sanding, and tweaking to do to prepare for the big launch on Day 3.\n\nSituated on the boardwalk in the heart of the busy Halifax waterfront, the [Maritime Museum of the Atlantic (MMA)](https:\/\/maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca\/) was searching for a way to open up the doors of its boatshop and become a community anchor. They found it through the unexpected intersection of traditional craftsmanship and youth outreach. \n\n![The museum is at the heart of the Halifax waterfront (Photo: Maritime Museum of the Atlantic).](assets\/National\/blog\/building-boats-changing-lives\/picture3_A544gz.png){.overflow}\n\nInspired by the Family Boatbuilding concept introduced in WoodenBoat Magazine in 1998, the MMA\u2019s program is simple: gather a few \u2018families\u2019\u2014whether bound by blood or simply friendship\u2014give each group a kit of pieces for a 12-foot rowboat, and help them put the pieces together in three days. Family Boatbuilding spreads wooden boatbuilding to a wider audience and keep the craft alive and vital.[^note1]\n\n![All hands on deck (Photo: Maritime Museum of the Atlantic).](assets\/National\/blog\/building-boats-changing-lives\/picture4_iqT9b5.png){.overflow}\n\nThe [Alexandria Seaport Foundation](https:\/\/alexandriaseaport.org\/), in particular, ran with this idea. They introduced an element of social action, training and employing at-risk youth as apprentices. In the process, they also raised the profile of the movement, publishing Bevin\u2019s Skiff plans for other institutions to use for their own events.[^note2] This is where the MMA found their direct inspiration, and they are not alone. Similar programs have sprung up throughout the Eastern Seaboard and along the West Coast, independently run by an eclectic collection of museums, historical societies, boatyards, and community non-profits.[^note3]\n\nThe MMA built its first two boats in 2014. The next year, three. Then, four. Now, it runs the program multiple times a year in partnership with Mount Saint Vincent University\u2019s Child and Youth Studies program.[^note4]\n\n![In June 2018, Eamonn Doorly the master boatbuilder from the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, led a boat building workshop with students from Pictou Landing First Nation](https:\/\/youtu.be\/7EsIdJwNDKY)\n\nEvery time the MMA runs the program, the excitement on Day 3 feels fresh. By midday, the last quarter knee has been sanded, and each boat christened and ready to launch. Everyone gathers on the floating dock, poised to push their boats into Halifax harbour. They seem a long way from the Day 1 version of themselves. At first, they were reluctant to jump in with hammer in hand, afraid of making mistakes. They soon realized that, in itself, was a mistake. Here, mistakes are celebrated instead of frowned upon\u2014they\u2019re the best teachers. \n\n![Launch day as Theodore the Tugboat looks on (Photo: Maritime Museum of the Atlantic).](assets\/National\/blog\/building-boats-changing-lives\/picture5_TxOoWY.png){.overflow}\n\nThe participants now know how to sand, plane, use a bevel gauge, build upside down, and drill straight. They can also translate angles, apply boatbuilding math, tell the difference between types of wood, and identify a transom or a seat riser. Above all, they\u2019ve absorbed craftsmanship as a concept\u2014what Richard Sennet called \u201cthe desire to do a job well for its own sake.\u201d[^note5] And no one is breaking drill bits anymore.\n\nThe MMA\u2019s Building Boats, Changing Lives program is building capacity in practical building skills, traditional wooden boatbuilding, and heritage craft. But they are doing much more than that.\n\nFirst, they\u2019re building up and empowering youth. Through something as subtle as hammering a nail, they\u2019re connecting youth to identity and belonging, through shared Maritime heritage. The type of boat commonly built during Family Boatbuilding, a flat-bottomed skiff, \u201ccan be found anywhere in the Atlantic provinces, not to mention anywhere in the world\u201d and has been historically indispensable for the inshore fishery.[^note6] Amateur and professional boatbuilders alike have built versions of it for centuries in North America.[^note7] These newest boatbuilders coming out of the MMA join a long line of those who have come before. They now have an elemental connection to boatbuilding heritage by literally making that heritage their own.\n\n![The latest links in a long line of wooden boatbuilding tradition (Photo: Maritime Museum of the Atlantic).](assets\/National\/blog\/building-boats-changing-lives\/picture6_BfnHfe.png){.overflow}\n\nSecond, and finally, the MMA is building a culture of craftsmanship\u2014one boat and one boatbuilder at a time. It\u2019s a culture that values patience, hard work, the impulse to preserve and honour the past, and good old-fashioned gumption in the face of mistakes.\n\nNova Scotia sailor, boatbuilder, and writer, Silver Donald Cameron once said, \u201cBuilding a boat is a process of thinking, knowing, and doing\u2014of learning and creating, which are the two most important of all human activities. It is not a single big job; it is a thousand little jobs, some of them done over and over and over.\u201d[^note8] The MMA teaches everyone who picks up a hammer or a drill during its program that boatbuilding \u2013 like life \u2013 is just a constant process of fixing our mistakes. While we do not live in an ideal world, we can continue to try and make it one.\n\n[^note1]: The WoodenBoat Show, \u201cFamily Boatbuilding,\u201d WoodenBoat Magazine, accessed May 1, 2020, https:\/\/thewoodenboatshow.com\/family-boatbuilding\/.\n[^note2]: \u201cFutures Handcrafted: About the Apprentice Program,\u201d Alexandria Seaport Foundation, accessed May 1, 2020, https:\/\/alexandriaseaport.org\/apprentice-program\/; \u201cBevin\u2019s Skiff,\u201d Alexandria Seaport Foundation, accessed May 1, 2020, https:\/\/alexandriaseaport.org\/get-engaged\/bevins-skiff\/.\n[^note3]: Some include the Antique Boat Museum in Thousand Islands, New York; the Reedville Fisherman\u2019s Museum in Reedville, Virgina; the Deltaville Maritime Museum in Deltaville, Virginia; the Lewes Historical Society in Lewes, Delaware; TSNE Mission Works in Boston, Massachusetts; the University of New Hampshire in Barrington, New Hampshire; and Eddon Boatyard in Gig Harbour, Washington.\n[^note4]: I helped out with the MMA\u2019s program in 2015 and 2016, helping to build the kits and serving as a small group leader.\n[^note5]: Richard Sennett, The Craftsman (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008), 9.\n[^note6]: David A. Walker and Wayne Barrett, Small Wooden Boats of the Atlantic (Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 1990), 10. \n[^note7]: Howard I. Chapelle, American Small Sailing Craft: Their Design, Development, and Construction (New York: W. W. Norton, 1951), 100.\n[^note8]: Silver Donald Cameron, \u201cThe Nine-Year Seminar on Boatbuilding and Life,\u201d in We Belong to the Sea: A Nova Scotia Anthology, ed. Mary Stanton (Halifax, N.S.: Nimbus Publishing, 2001), 88.\n\n\n\n\n\n**This article is part of a special blog series featuring writers and creatives from across Canada with stories that both highlight and celebrate Culture Days\u2019 2020 theme of Unexpected Intersections. Explore more intersections below:**\n\n- Theatre x Sport: [_Until the Lights Go Out_ by Taylor Basso](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/until-the-lights-go-out)\n- Indigenous Storytelling x Digital Media: [_\u201cPeople are Finally Listening\u201d\u2013Indigenous Animation Rises Up_ by Chris Robinson](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/indigenous-animation-rises-up)\n- Academia x Creativity: [_Building 21: Make zines, not research papers_ by Greta Rainbow](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/building-21)\n- Poetry x (Natural) Environment: [_Listen to the River: An Ode to the Columbia River_ by Saba Dar](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/listen-to-the-river)\n- Teahouse x Activism: [_Chinatown's Living Room: The gathering place for a budding activist community_ by Anto Chan](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/tea-base)\n- Visual Arts x Science: [_What happens when you mix an artist, a scientist and a very bright light?_ by Vivian Orr](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/artist-scientist-light)\n- Book Clubs x Digital Landscapes: [_Strangers and Fiction_ by Anne Logan](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/strangers-and-fiction)","content_fr":null,"should_publish_at":null,"published_at":"2020-08-05 09:57:42","first_published_at":"2020-06-15 08:59:15","deleted_at":null,"created_at":"2020-06-15 08:40:58","updated_at":"2020-09-29 15:26:05","thumbnail_file_id":null,"featured_at":null,"is_featured":false,"is_published":true,"should_publish":false,"status":"published"}" style="scroll-snap-align: start;">

在大西洋海事博物馆,他们建造的不仅仅是船只

文化日的Aleen Leigh Stanton

2020年8月5日

_They know this River will still be here long after we have turned to nuclear dust and blown away, saith the river..._\n>> -_Beholden: A poem as long as the river_, Rita Wong and Fred Wah\n\nRolling from one valley to another, streaming across coarse contours, sometimes surrendering to the whims of winds and pouring rain, other times cutting through the rock-ribbed plains; rivers have always made the most enchanted neighbourhoods. A river\u2019s ample bosom has cradled pioneering civilizations and nurtured childhood memories. Its panoramic views have kindled weary eyes and inspired grandiose dreams, and through centuries its gentle ripples have concocted timeless fables of love and romance. By the virtue of their romantic allure, rivers have always been a recurring theme in poetry and literature.\n\nWhile artists have always, liberally and quite blatantly, borrowed from nature; they have also been moved, time and again, to devote their craft to salvage the very landscapes that enriched their imagination. [_River Relations: A Beholder\u2019s Share of the Columbia River_](http:\/\/www.riverrelations.ca\/), an artistic investigation by a group of creatives from Emily Carr University of Art and Design (ECUAD), is one such venture that delves into the destruction inflicted upon by the \u2018damming and development\u2019 of the Columbia River, in the wake of the renegotiation of the Columbia River Treaty.\n\nRising in the clear waters of the Columbia Lake in B.C. and surging through glaciated Canadian Rocky Mountains, the Columbia River flows through the Kootenay River\u2014the river\u2019s largest tributary on the Canadian divide of the border. It enters the U.S. at the confluence of Pend d\u2019Orielle River in the Washington state, before conclusively disappearing into the Pacific Ocean near Astoria, Oregon. Columbia River is a water wonderland, flowing with ferocious abundance, making it the largest river in North America\u2019s Pacific Northwest region, and a sanctuary for the largest salmon runs in the world.\n\n![The Columbia River. Photo Courtesy of Fred Wah.](assets\/National\/blog\/listen-to-the-river\/columbia-river-fred-wah-1_avhEyr.jpeg){.overflow}\n\nModern civilization has turned rivers into economic powerhouses, plugging them with gargantuan concrete structures to harness hydroelectric power and divert water for irrigation. The Columbia River was subjected to a similar fate, transforming its free-flowing bliss into a curse. A violent flooding spell in 1948 that wrecked the Fraser Valley in B.C, Canada, and the town of Vanport in Oregon, U.S. became the impetus for securing a cooperative development between the two countries. The talks sought to regulate water flows and to capitalize on the river\u2019s enormous hydroelectric capacity, finally culminating into a formal [_Columbia River Treaty (CRT)_](https:\/\/www.canada.ca\/en\/environment-climate-change\/corporate\/international-affairs\/partnerships-countries-regions\/north-america\/canada-united-states-columbia-river.html) in 1964. Canada committed to build three water storage reservoirs in exchange for an upfront payment of $64 million in recompense for extending sixty years of flood control to U.S., in addition to receiving one-half of the estimated hydro-power generation benefits to the U.S, on continual basis. Today, CRT is upheld as a successful example of two countries \u2018sharing the benefits\u2019 through a collaborative transboundary arrangement. Yet, the ramifications the treaty had on the Indigenous peoples and the river\u2019s salmon reserve have become a despicable addendum to the treaty.\n\nThe _River Relations_\u2019 team scrutinized historical and contemporary images of the Columbia River to understand the evolution of its landscape, outrageously interrupted by dams. The most notable output of the project is the image-text poem, published in the form of a book, entitled [_\u2018Beholden: A poem as long as the river\u2019_](https:\/\/talonbooks.com\/books\/beholden), composed by [Fred Wah](https:\/\/fredwah.ca\/), a former Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate and [Rita Wong](https:\/\/www.poetryinvoice.com\/poems\/poets\/rita-wong), a poet and an environmental activist.\n\n![Revelstoke Dam, B.C. Artwork by Nick Conbere and Photography by John Holmgren.](assets\/National\/blog\/listen-to-the-river\/revelstokedamreservoir-1_bi2Kz3.jpeg){.overflow}\n\nWah and Wong travelled the entire river stretch, from Canal Flats in the East Kootenay all the way to Fort Astoria, Oregon as a part of their research for the book. \u2018Having lived along the Kootenay River for much of my life I had always felt that the river should be called the Kootenay; that the Columbia was really just a tributary of the Kootenay\u2019, says Wah.\n\nWah believes that the treaty insolently disregarded the \u2018spiritual value\u2019 attributed to the river\u2019s salmon by the First Nations. To them, salmon is the \u2018harbinger of good news\u2019, revered as a gift from the salmon king. They believed that the salmon were actually humans, and at the start of each salmon season, they would transform into fish form on the king\u2019s command. They also celebrated the \u2018First Salmon Ceremony\u2019 to mark the beginning of each salmon season. Even today, certain tribes celebrate \u2018Salmon ceremonies\u2019 with a communal prayer for the salmon to return and inhabit the river again.\n\nThe loss of salmon has chronicled a poignant chapter in the river\u2019s history. Wong was swamped with emotions when she watched Upstream Battle (a documentary by Ben Kempas) \u2018One moment that always stays with me from that film is footage of salmon trying to swim upstream to return to their spawning grounds - and hitting a dam, and trying over and over to get beyond that obstacle - it\u2019s a heart wrenching glimpse into the painful destruction wrought by megadams.\u2019\n\nBeholden is a reflection on the devastation brought on by the damming of the river and focuses on themes of colonization, indigenous rights and mutilation of the river\u2019s ecology. \u2018Most of the language in the poem comes from a struggle between simply describing the river, (..) and finding ways to \u201clisten\u201d to the river\u2019. It was Wah who proposed to write \u2018a poem as long as the river\u2019, in collaboration with Wong. \u2018With him writing along one side, and me along the other, the words came from our experiences along the river\u2019, Wong reminisces about the poem\u2019s origins. \u2018Each of us would write along a shore of the river, from beginning to end, occasionally having our texts cross the river at bridges or dams. Rita\u2019s and my texts were not in conversation as they were written, but, finally, feel tethered to a similar poetic impulse and imagination\u2019 explains Wah.\n\n![Book cover, _Beholden: A poem as long as the river_, illustrations by Nick Conbere and cover image by Genevieve Robertson.](assets\/National\/blog\/listen-to-the-river\/beholden-book-cover-1_bB7z2B.jpeg){.pull .right}\n\nJust like Wah, Wong also let the river \u2018speak to\u2019 her and guide her writing process. \u2018Near the headwaters of the river, I made an offering and asked the river for permission to share the words arising from my journeys along it. I listened and keep listening.\u2019\n\nNick Conbere, a visual artist and an Associate Professor at ECUAD, [skillfully transcribed Beholden on a 114 feet long map of the Columbia River](http:\/\/www.nickconbere.com\/river-relations.html), with Wah and Wong\u2019s share of poems meandering along the river, as if two tributaries spiraling the entire stretch of the river. The poem\u2019s two halves are distinctly recognizable, as Wah\u2019s half has been typeset whereas Wong\u2019s is handwritten, a decision she consciously made. \u2018I felt it was important to stay with the bodily experience of writing by hand and following the river\u2019s contours. It felt closer to the experiential aspect of being along the river (\u2026)\u2019 While the book was shortlisted for the B.C Book Prize, the poem\u2019s winding digital image has been showcased at numerous art exhibitions.\n\n![Rita Wong and Fred Wah, _Beholden: a poem as long as the river_. The Gallery Installation. Photo by Touchstones Nelson Museum.](assets\/National\/blog\/listen-to-the-river\/gallery-installation-1_H8ib2Z.jpeg){.overflow}\n\nAs the two countries renegotiate the Treaty, uncertainty abounds. Would the revision of the Treaty offer a second chance at reviving all that is lost? Only time can tell. Wong reminds us \u2018There are ways to use the land that help to regenerate or heal it \u2026 (the way) Indigenous peoples coexisted with what was here - taking care of it rather than exhausting it\u2019.\n\nToday, many artists romanticize nature as well as assume an advocate\u2019s mantle. Wong believes one way the artists can solicit support for environmental issues is by dwelling on \u2018how to heal our relations with the land and water\u2019, and by imploring the society \u2018to actually care about this\u2019.\n\nThe project has drawn to a close, and the artists have moved on to explore further avenues of nature advocacy. For as long as there is heartache for all that has been lost, I\u2019ll quote Wah;\n\n> _Let\u2019s reach for solace of water to find some deep pool of larger memory that will float us past Savage Island_.\n\n\n\n\n**This article is part of a special blog series featuring writers and creatives from across Canada with stories that both highlight and celebrate Culture Days\u2019 2020 theme of _Unexpected Intersections_. Explore more intersections below:**\n\n- Theatre x Sport: [_Until the Lights Go Out_ by Taylor Basso](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/until-the-lights-go-out)\n- Indigenous Storytelling x Digital Media: [_\u201cPeople are Finally Listening\u201d\u2013Indigenous Animation Rises Up_ by Chris Robinson](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/indigenous-animation-rises-up)\n- Academia x Creativity: [_Building 21: Make zines, not research papers_ by Greta Rainbow](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/building-21)\n- Teahouse x Activism: [_Chinatown\u2019s Living Room: The gathering place for a budding activist community_ by Anto Chan]( \/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/tea-base)\n- Traditional Craftsmanship x Youth Outreach: [_At the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, They Build More Than Boats_ by Aleen Leigh Stanton](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/building-boats-changing-lives)\n- Visual Arts x Science: [_What happens when you mix an artist, a scientist and a very bright light?_ by Vivian Orr](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/artist-scientist-light)\n- Book Clubs x Digital Landscapes: [_Strangers and Fiction_ by Anne Logan](\/\/www.statestpizza.com\/en\/blog\/strangers-and-fiction)","content_fr":null,"should_publish_at":null,"published_at":"2020-07-08 13:21:08","first_published_at":"2020-06-04 16:58:40","deleted_at":null,"created_at":"2020-06-04 16:19:23","updated_at":"2020-09-29 15:25:40","thumbnail_file_id":null,"featured_at":null,"is_featured":false,"is_published":true,"should_publish":false,"status":"published"}" style="scroll-snap-align: start;">

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