What are the ties that bind us together?
Welcome to our latest series of events TAIETEWATATENONHWERA:TON. According to Ateronhiatakon (Francis) Boots, Mohawk War Chief, the concept of TAIETEWATATENONHWERA:TON is "the duty we have to love one another as family".
Native Immigrant creates bridges between immigrants to Canada and Mohawk, Anishnabe people through the realization of artistic projects, specifically, co-creating a dress comprised of gifts donated by participants who share with us the stories behind their contributions to the project. A series of six dresses have been co-constructed by hundreds of immigrants and First Nations participants, both in Canada and in Chile. Participants not only shared with Native Immigrant many personal objects, but also the intimate stories behind the objects.
On May 4th, Native Immigrant launched its new dress.
TAIETEWATATENONHWERA:TON - the first object incorporated into the dress is a skillful piece of beadwork made by Willma Lahache. You are welcome to contribute to the dress throughout the activities and gatherings we have set up for this year. The dress can also travel to your schools and institutions. Please email us to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calendar of Activities
On May 4th : Oskenontona (Philip) Deering from Kahnawake, introduced the meaning of this Mohawk word to us, as well as presenting the traditional 'words before all words' address. Laura NIQUAY ( an Atikamekw artist from the Indigenous community of Wemotaci) and MATIU (Native singer-songwriter of the North Shore - Mani-utenam) offered their music. Scott MacLeod presented his film about the newly arrived Scottish immigrants and the life-saving acts of the Abenaki, a perfect example of TAIETEWATATENONHWERA:TON. Without the assistance of the Abenaki, the Scottish immigrants would have not survived their first winter here. We also enjoyed traditional food (bannock and strawberry tea) thanks to Nahka Bers while sharing an afternoon together.
At the center of this gathering was the official launch of TROC-CADEAUX, a wonderful initiative of NativeImmigrant, funded by the City of Montreal within their cultural mediation platform. We acknowledge the collaboration of DAM and the City of Montreal in partnering with NI for this new adventure!
Troc-Cadeaux (Gifts Exchange) is an invitation to change perceptions of immigrants to that of individuals who have come to share the gifts of their culture.
For information on our workshops and events, please visit our events Facebook page.
April 03 2019
2pm - 5pm - Beading Workshop with Nico Williams at Gallerie Métèque.
April 18 2019
6pm - 9pm - Medicine Pouch with Craig Commanda at Gallerie Métèque.
April 23 2019
6pm - 9pm - The Fingerprint of My Memory with Amanda Ruiz at Gallerie Métèque.
April 24 2019
6pm - 9pm - Printing Workshop with Martin Loft at Gallerie Métèque.
April 27 2019
6pm - 9pm - La Fenêtre Ouverte with Fabio Villalba at Gallerie Métèque.
May 07 2019
3pm - 6pm - Create Your Own Sound with Asako Kando at Gallerie Métèque.
May 16 2019
6pm - 9pm - La Fenêtre Ouverte avec Fabio Villalba at Gallerie Métèque.
May 22 2019
6pm - 9pm - Rug Hooking with Christina Delaney at Gallerie Métèque.
June 01 and 02 2019
9am - 12pm - Life Writing I with author and editor Susan Scott at Gallerie Métèque.
2pm - 5pm - Life Writing II with iconic filmmaker Donna Read at Gallerie Métèque.
June 20 2019
5pm - 7pm - Troc-Cadeaux Vernissage