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Professor Charlotte Townsend-Gault – Lalakenis: First Nations Art? Dangerous Assembly?

Awalakenis, a journey across Canada by members of the Kwakwaka’wakw and Haida nations, was the latest attempt to shame and un-mask the role of the government in controlling the lives and constraining the cultures of First Nations people in Canada. Lalakenis, an exhibition un the Belkin Art Gallery at the University of British Columbia, assembled the masks and copper shields carried on the journey with gifts received along the way, including belongings associated with diverse cosmologies. What are the hazards, definitional and other, in assembling powerful possessions, masks, rattles, medicine bundles – the traces, material and immaterial, of distinct cultural practices – and making claims for doing so that blur the line between performance art and cultural performance?

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http://www.transnational.org.uk/events/230-professor-charlotte-townsend-gault—-lalakenis-first-nations-art-dangerous-assembly

Tuesday 10 May, 2016