Mer Méditerranée: Tragédie à ciel ouvert !

Mer Méditerranée: Tragédie à ciel ouvert !

A text by writer Toufic Attar, written in Sao Paulo, Brazil on the 31st of August 2015.

Mer Méditerranée: Tragédie à ciel ouvert !

"Voilà deux ans, le Printemps Arabe stupéfia le monde et enchanta les foules applaudissant la chute de dictateurs de longue date, l´un après l´autre. Um seul décida de résister à tout prix : la Syrie. Depuis, combien de tragédies humaines! Combien de familles détruites, combien d’horizons d’espoir ensevelis par une réalité cruelle où le tout économie finit par signaler une politique du chacun pour soi, du « on n’y peut rien » ! Voilà le véritable message à l’origine d’un drame collectif qui n’élimine en rien des drames individuels : l’indifférence des puissances économqiues qui nous parlent de bonheur collectif, de liberté et de valeurs humaines chères à tous!"

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A few words on the Beadwork exhibition

 Carolina and Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre at the vernissage.

Carolina and Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre at the vernissage.

Native Immigrant’s opening for Teiotiokwenhahton - Beadwork: Visions of Peace coincided with the closing of the 25th anniversary event of Présence autochtone at the newly opened Ashukan Cultural Space in Montreal’s Old Port. Among the notable attendees were Ghislain Picard, the Assembly of First Nations regional chief for Quebec and Labrador, André Dudemaine, founder and director of Terre en vues and Présence autochtone. We were also blessed with the presence of Traditional Practitioner, Ateronhiata:kon Francis Boots, and founder of Sacred Fire Productions, Nadine St-Louis. Also in attendance were Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, and the minister responsible for Native Affairs, Geoffrey Kelley.

 

A selection of photos of the 5 à 7:

Program for 5th to 15th of August / CBC interview


Join us in this wonderful week and a half of events!

August 5th to 15th, 2015
Ashukan Cultural Space – 431 Place Jacques Cartier, Old Montreal (514-875-2772)
Opening hours: 11h to 21h

Wednesday, August 5th 17h-19h Opening Ceremony
Ateronhiata:kon Francis Boots - Traditional opening ceremony - “Words that come before all else” and Words of Wampum. Sumac and bannock will be served. BEADWORK Visions of Peace Visual Arts Exhibition features beadwork creations from Germany, Chile, Canada and the USA as well as First Nations beadworkers, and the paintings of renowned Mohawk artist, Kakwirakeron R. Montour.  

Thursday, August 6th    
Beadwork – Visions of Peace ongoing exhibition
18h – 20h Conversational Circle: The Beads of Oka Trial, with Richard Corriveau.

Friday, August 7th
Beadwork – Visions of Peace ongoing exhibition
11h – 16h Native Immigrant Dressmaking Activity. The public is invited to bring a personal object to add to Dress # 5, and to share that object’s story, whether related to First Nations identity or to an immigrant journey. All stories will be collected so that the trove of oral histories of immigration continues to grow as organically as each of the Native Immigrant dresses.   

Saturday, August 8th
Beadwork – Visions of Peace ongoing exhibition
15h - 16h REMOVING THE BURRS Mohawk Traditional Welcoming Ceremony: Ateronhiata:kon, Mohawk Traditional Practitioner, will welcome visiting Chilean Mapuche poet, Roxana Miranda Rupailaf. The ceremony, which greets people to a community by waiting for them at the woods’ edge, where newcomers are received and comforted, was the way of the land before colonialism. Now, with Native Immigrant, there is an opportunity for Iroquois cultural experiences to emerge from colonial closets. Ateronhiata:kon will also welcome any other immigrants who want to be greeted in this way.
17h First presentation – KULTRUN OF PEACE, live recreation of the Mapuche’s drum: Kultrun and its Meli Witran Mapu (the four cardinal points) Universal symbol of wisdom, with four drummers. The performance artist, Christine Brault will perform an art action at the center of the Kultrun.

Sunday, August 9th
Beadwork – Visions of Peace ongoing exhibition
11h – 16h Native Immigrant Dressmaking Activity
16h30 Second presentation – KULTRUN OF PEACE, live recreation of the Mapuche’s drum: Kultrun and its Meli Witran Mapu (the four cardinal points) Universal symbol of wisdom, with four drummers. The performance artist, Christine Brault will perform an art action at the center of the Kultrun.
17h – 19h Conversational Circle: Peace talks with guests Alanis Obomsawin, Clifton Nicholas and Ateronhiata:kon.

Monday, August 10th
Beadwork – Visions of Peace ongoing exhibition
16h30 Third presentation – KULTRUN OF PEACE Christine Brault will perform an art action at the center of the Kultrun.     
17h – 19h Conversational Circles: Speaking Mohawk – Parlons Mohawk
19h – 21h The Poetry of Roxana Miranda Rupailaf, Ashukan Cultural Space

Tuesday, August 11th      
Beadwork – Visions of Peace ongoing exhibition
11h – 16h Native Immigrant Dressmaking Activity
19h Roxana Miranda Rupailaf reading and Christine Brault performance reading, at Café Mariposa 5434 Cote St Luc Rd, NDG

Wednesday, August 12th
Beadwork – Visions of Peace ongoing exhibition
16h30 Fourth presentation – KULTRUN OF PEACE Judith Brisson will perform an art action at the center of the Kultrun.
17h – 19h Conversational Circle: Orihwa’shon:’ a Peace Matters with Mohawk Traditional Practitioner, Ateronhiata:kon

Thursday, August 13th
Beadwork – Visions of Peace ongoing exhibition
11h – 16h Native Immigrant Dressmaking Activity

Friday, August 14th
Beadwork – Visions of Peace ongoing exhibition
17h – 19h Conversational Circle: Happiest Learning Experience – Participatory story-telling for the purposes of generating insight into designing the best possible future for Canadian and Indigenous education

Saturday, August 15th
Beadwork – Visions of Peace ongoing exhibition
11h – 13h THE PEACEFUL HEART Writing Workshop: In the Native Immigrant tradition of honoring the role that storytelling plays in cultural exchange, the project’s closing workshop invites participants to reflect on their dreams, hopes and concrete actions. Free and open to the public; led by writer-editor, Susan Scott.
17h – 19h  Closing Ceremony with Ateronhiata:kon