Native Performance Culture and the Rhythm of (Re)conciliation: Re-Membering Ourselves in Deep Time:
Native Performance Culture and the Rhythm of (Re)Conciliation: Re-Membering Ourselves in Deep Time
On 01 July 2017, Canada will celebrate her 150th Birthday; as a nation built on the Doctrines of Discovery, Extinguishment and Terra Nullius, she is, understandably, a precocious and forgetful entity. Her very existence, as an internationally recognized sovereign state, relies upon that forgetting—upon her refusal to acknowledge that there are stories that precede her recent genesis, stories that inhabit and reverberate throughout “deep time” and upon a rigorous and methodical campaign to sanitize the present moment of Indigenous presence and eventually to erase all traces of Indigeneity from living memory.
In 2017-2018, the Deep Time Working Group intends to continue its member-meetings; recruit more members; foster working relationships with the Ciimaan Language Initiative (at the Centre for Indigenous Studies) and First Story Toronto; deepen its investigations, and share the fruits of our study through seasonal, interactive land activations and mini-teach-ins (for faculty and students) across all three campuses. These land activations/ teach-ins will bring Indigenous Elders, students, researchers, community workers and individuals into collaboration with non-Indigenous individuals from the academic and larger communities. Through this work, we hope to engage multiple communities in a series of somatic investigations into processual pathways through which to activate a shift in Settler-Indigenous-Land “relations from violence and violation to [generative] co-existence.”