Photo credit: Claude-Jean Harel
Produced by New Dance Horizons in partnership with the city of Regina, Great Excursions, the Dunlop Art Gallery, Neutral Ground, and Sâkêwêwak, the 5th annual Ice & Fire Carnival was a free family event aimed at merging communities in a celebration of winter sport, art and culture. For its involvement, Sâkêwêwak sponsored a winter audio installation housed in a teepee on the carnival grounds, created by our artist in residence Ramses Calderon, in collaboration with local audio artist Jeff Morton.
'Pray for Me', Terrance Houle, 2008
Rezidents was a three-person photography and video exhibition organized by Sâkêwêwak, and presented at Neutral Ground Artist-Run Centre. The exhibition featured recent works by artists Terrance Houle (Calgary), Peter Brass (Regina) and Jackson 2bears (Victoria), and featured content investigating the intersection between the indigenous and the non-indigenous within urban contexts.
clay flute workshops with Martin Collegiate students. photo credit: Carey Shaw
Major support from the Saskatchewan Arts Board’s Partnership Innovations Program enabled Sâkêwêwak to engage musician/audio artist Ramses Calderon in a one-year residency that both supported the advancement of his practice, as well as the development and delivery of music/audio production and composition programs in the community led by Ramses. Currently residing in Regina, Ramses was born in San Salvador, El Salvador of Mayan and Turkish heritage. His music career began at the age of 11, playing the marimba and performing in recitals. He has been living and performing in Canada since 2000. Having studied in the tradition of Agustin Barrios Mangore, Ramses incorporates traditional instruments and rhythms into his music and compositions. The result of his creation process is a unique fusion of classical, traditional and popular music that reflects the richness of humanity. His distinguished musical achievements have enabled him to participate in many cultural events in countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Panama, Cuba, Paraguay and Canada.
The Critical Viewing Media + Performing Arts Festival was the highlight of Sâkêwêwak ’s summer programming in the city of Regina. The festival presented the work of local and national & emerging and established artists within the contemporary Aboriginal media and performing arts communities from July 8 – 10, 2009 at the Schumiatcher Theatre of the Mackenzie Art Gallery, and on the Piapot First Nation 35 minutes north of the city of Regina. Media artists presented included Darryl Nepinak, Dana Claxton, Chris Bose, Daybi, Ariel Smith, Thirza Cuthand, Danis Goulet, Nadia Myre, Cherie Valentina Stocken and Zoe Leigh Hopkins. Performers presented at the festival included Daybi, Gabriel Ekoe, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Jason Burnstick, DJ Wheezy, Tru Luv Struglah and Pow Wow Nicotine. Check out images from the event here.
Major support from SaskCulture’s Aboriginal Arts & Culture Leadership Program allowed Sâkêwêwak to engage Saskatchewan-based interdisciplinary artist Robin Brass in a residency and community-based cultural project that revitalized customary arts practices using natural materials with an emphasis upon teaching youth, and drawing upon resource people both in the community and guests from other locales. Primary art forms taught included birch bark basketry, quill work, hide tanning, and indigenous pottery methods. The objective of our project was to provide support and bring together artisans, youth, elders and other community members in the sharing of resources and knowledge, and to pass along cultural art skills and related knowledge. All activities took place on the Peepeekisis First Nation one hour east of Regina.