Part of the Native Immigrant team, filmmaker Ronald Grimes put together these two wonderful videos of the condolence ceremony that took place on October 26th 2014 for the relatives and friends of Myriam.
Everybody dies. Lots of people immigrate. Few Muslims marry Jews. Mohawks rarely cross the river ritually. Why? "A Daughter's Song" doesn't answer the question, but it captures what happens when all these events coincide.
Three months after the death of Myriam Azoulay, Mohawks, invited by artists, offered a Condolence Ceremony for family and friends. This film is a meditation on that ritual and a walk with her husband, daughter, and mother.
A Mohawk Condolence Ceremony offered for family and friends of Myriam Azoulay (née Laaouan).
Influenced by the art of Norval Morrisseau, an Anishinaabe (Ojibwa) painter, Carolina Echeverria initiated Native-Immigrant, a multiphased art project exploring relationships between immigrants and indigenous people in Quebec. Carolina, a Chilean-born Catholic, had moved to Montreal and married a Moroccan-born Sephardic Jew. She became friends with Myriam Laaouan, a Moroccan Muslim immigrant to Canada who also converted to marry a Jew. When Myriam died of leukemia, Carolina asked her Mohawk-educator friend Philip Deering whether a Condolence Ceremony would be possible for Myriam’s family. Philip, in turn, approached Francis Boots, a traditional Mohawk practitioner. He agreed to enact the ritual.
The artist’s web site: http://carolinaecheverria.ca
Photos of a Native-Immigrant art show: http://www.blurb.ca/b/4711475-native-immigrant-by-carolina-echeverria