Artists-in-Residence Build Birchbark Canoe in Bata Library – Daily News

by ahnationtalk on February 17, 2017180 Views

The sight of birch logs and wafts of cedar aren’t part of the typical sensory experience one might expect to find at the library, but for Trent students, this is a common sight recently in the iconic Bata library. Through the artist-in-residence program organized by Trent’s Indigenous Studies Ph.D. program and the Indigenous Studies department, students, staff, faculty and community members are invited to join in—wiigwossi jiimaanke—building a birchbark canoe.

“Our wiigwossi jiimaan will be a both living being, and a functional vehicle. Building this jiimaan together, as a community and guided by artists-in-residence Kevin Finney and Jillian Collins, will connect and reconnect us to the land, the trees, and the water, as well as to each other. As our hands work with the natural materials, our hearts and minds will interact. We will visit sharing stories and knowledges, as we create,” explains Brenda Maracle O’Toole, one of the organizers of the program.

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