Indigeneity Creativity – Online
Indigeneity Creativity is an online course happening with Workman Arts and East End Arts part of Workman Arts Satellite East Programming. Registration will be open until September 1, 2022, at which point accepted registrants will be contacted. Please note there is a limit on participants.
Dates: Wednesdays September 14, 21, 28 & October 5, 12, 19
Time: 6-8 PM
Location: Online, Zoom
Who is this course for: East End residents; All adults are welcome and especially those that love nature and / or want to experience an Indigenous approach to nature and to creating and LGBTQ2S+ and the Global Majority (aka BIPOC) folx. All indigenous peoples from Turtle Island welcome.
Instructor: Heather Clear Wind
Heather Clear Wind is a Two Spirit, Nehiyaw Cree, Métis, Celtic, Published Poet, Writer,
Transdisciplinary Artist, Musician and more. She is an intergenerational Indian Residential School survivor who is gender fluid, amazingly-abled and neurodiverse. Her soul purpose on the planet is helping people considering seven generations forward. Her self-expression in art, poetry, music, sound and ceremony seeks to reconnect people to nature and the elements and to what an amazing support they are. They are her wahkohtowin ᐊᐧᐦᑯᐦᑐᐃᐧᐣ (community) and are what helped her survive through the negative impacts of colonization, when humans failed her. In some of her creations she strives to raise awareness about Indigenous issues and the true history of Canada, as she feels we can’t heal from what we don’t know.
She feels an urgency to move her visual art to digital to capture the essence of nature and the elements, before it’s too late. She wants to indigenize digital and in so doing, positively influence AI (microcosm – macrocosm) so it evolves safe-guarding life and the planet vs. the current capitalistic based AI that’s destroying the planet. She chooses to host gatherings online with the camera off for safety reasons, as an act of decolonization, and as it helps reduce our carbon footprint.
Heather will provide us with an Indigenous approach to creating.
This is an organic unfolding we’ll share together with mindfulness, experiencing and appreciating nature as a part of the creation process that can help to inform/inspire our creations versus the western model that’s focused on producing an end-product. You’ll experience a guided nature meditation where Heather will share Indigenous teachings based on her amazing experiences with nature and the elements raising awareness to the beautiful connections we all have to them, and what a great support and foundation this can be for our self-care and artistic practice.
Be inspired by connecting with other creatives in community sharing your creations and experiences with nature. This approach can help with feeling more connected, a sense of community, a greater understanding of how supported we are every day, and to an overall sense of well-being. Heather provides classes off-webcam for safety as she doesn’t share her identity online (due to her childhood abuse past) but you’re welcome to be on/off camera as preferred.
Materials Required: Device with internet access, and you’re welcome to bring whatever materials you want to bring to class to create in whatever medium you want to. (please contact Jules if you need materials)
Prompts will be provided for participants that want/need them, otherwise you can create what you feel moved to create as everything is optional.