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UBC Okanagan’s Indigenous Art Intensive offers an educational series of courses, lectures, art shows, and opportunities to create art. It features a series of world-renowned speakers, a variety of related undergraduate and graduate credit courses, and a group of resident artists who will be working to create a new body of work.
The 2021 Indigenous Art Intensive is being planned as an online program. Information on the visiting artists, keynote speakers and courses offered as part of the intensive are listed below.
Alongside the intensive residency, FCCS is offering additional courses in visual art, creative writing, and art history. These will run in conjunction with the Indigenous Intensive with varying degrees of crossover, providing students the opportunity to connect with the keynote speakers and the resident artists. All courses are offered online in Term 1, May 10 to Jun 17, 2021.
CRWR 470 | Portfolio (online). Instructor: Kim Senklip Harvey
Intensive manuscript production in one or two major genres: fiction, poetry, drama, or creative non-fiction.
ENGL 387/CULT 350 | Indigenous Literature: Intellectual Traditions. (online) Instructor: Kerrie Charnley
Approaches to Indigenous literary and cultural studies in North America. Consideration will be given to a range of literary movements, intellectual traditions, and critical approaches.
INDG 100 | Introduction to Decolonization. (online) Instructor: Evan Habkirk
Provides students with an overview of the discipline of Indigenous studies including the history, cultures, and experiences of Indigenous people.
THTR 302 | Indigenous Performance (online). Instructor: Mariel Belanger
Indigenous performance training methods in movement, dance, singing, and storytelling that connect Indigenous Peoples to their homelands and ancestral territories. The interrelation of community, ecology, language, and culture will be explored under the expert guidance of an Indigenous instructor and the mentorship of guest Indigenous artists and Elders.
VISA 206 | Sound Art (online). Instructor: Raven Chacon
Introduction to the art of listening, acoustic communication, sound making, sound technology and interaction. The course covers the basic principles and properties of sound and its applications in digital media creation.
VISA 460/520 | Indigenous Praxis (online). Instructor: Tania Willard
Multidisciplinary seminar dealing with various approaches and issues in contemporary creative praxis as relating to the disciplines of Visual Arts, Indigenous Studies, Media Arts, Creative Writing, and Performance. Students will be expected to develop creative work and/or a written reflective text or performance.
Kim Senklip Harvey is a proud Syilx and Tsilhqot’in Nation member with Ancestral ties to the Dakelh, Secwepemc and Ktunaxa communities. She is a Indigenous Theorist, Cultural Evolutionist and storyteller whose work focuses on the ignition of Indigenous power and innovating methodological processes with artistic sovereignty to create narratives that nourish the spirits of peoples oppressed by the imperial state. Kim is currently working on a tv adaptation of her award winning playKamloopa, she is completing her first prose and poetry book entitled Interiors: Love Stories from a Salish Plateau Dirtbag, she is developing an Indigenous love tv series On The Plateau and is in pre-production for her next artistic ceremony Break Horizons: A Rocking Indigenous Justice Ceremony. Kim is in her final year of her Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Victoria and all of her work is with respect to her Ancestors and the future generations, to whom we owe so much.
“Following in my Syilx grandmothers footsteps, using ethnographic historical recordings to map the archives for family specific Syilx song and story, I encounter, capture and create my own understanding of these texts, sound bites and visual recordings of the important knowledge my grandmother left behind re-constructing her story-world as methodology of contemporary cultural engagement, transferring my community-driven and land-based artistic knowledge and practice into a trans-media research creation project that carries a story of caring for the land and maintaining matrilineal relationships. My research is guided by important family and land based cultural teachings that seek to strengthen land sensitive self-governance through song and storytelling while re-constructing ancestral ways of being and knowing through village construction of a tule mat lodge, demonstrating the ingenuity of Syilx people cultivating a sense of cultural pride and as an Indigenous engagement/ visitor protocol-based pedagogy.” – Mariel Belanger
Raven Chacon is a composer, performer and installation artist from Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation. As a solo artist, collaborator, or with Postcommodity, Chacon has exhibited or performed at Whitney Biennial, documenta 14, REDCAT, Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Chaco Canyon, Ende Tymes Festival, 18th Biennale of Sydney, and The Kennedy Center. Every year, he teaches 20 students to write string quartets for the Native American Composer Apprenticeship Project (NACAP). He is the recipient of the United States Artists fellowship in Music, The Creative Capital award in Visual Arts, The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation artist fellowship, and the American Academy’s Berlin Prize for Music Composition. He lives in Albuquerque, NM.
“I grew up in the West End, along English Bay, by Stanley Park in Vancouver with my single mother, and in the country on two acres surrounded on three sides by a forest, above Mission City overlooking the Fraser Valley, with my English Blackburnian grandfather and my Katzie Coast Salish grandmother. Both my grandparents were fluent in our Hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language. Throughout my childhood, my extended family, including my aunt, two uncles and cousins, would convoy in two vehicles to the Okanagan in the summertime. We’d travel up and down the Okanagan, visit family and friends, camp or stay in a motel, and most excitingly, go horseback riding up and down the sage brushed hills, receive rejuvenation from the beautiful Lakes, and bring home flats of tomatoes and peaches. My grandmother told stories during the drive. These are fond childhood memories that continue to sustain me today.” – Kerrie Charnley
“I am a settler scholar and lecturer in the Indigenous Studies program on the unceded lands of the Syilx peoples. Working with Indigenous communities, my research and teaching in Indigenous studies is wide ranging, exploring Indigenous history, archives, military and militarism, education, public history, residential schools, and historical and contemporary conceptions of Indigenous warriorship. I look forward to bringing my research to UBCO and working with the university and the Syilx peoples in mutually beneficial community based projects.” – Evan Habkirk
Tania Willard, of Secwépemc and settler heritage, works within the shifting ideas around contemporary and traditional, often working with bodies of knowledge and skills that are conceptually linked to her interest in intersections between Aboriginal and other cultures. Public Art projects include, Rule of the Trees, a public art project at Commercial Broadway sky train station, in Vancouver BC and If the Drumming Stops, with artist Peter Morin, on the lands of the Papaschase First Nation in Edmonton, AB. Willard’s ongoing collaborative project BUSH gallery, is a conceptual land-based gallery grounded in Indigenous knowledges and relational art practices. Willard is an assistant professor at UBCO, her current research constructs a land rights aesthetic through intuitive archival acts.
The program is open to UBC students, students from other universities and those who have a previous university degree.
The Indigenous Art Intensive features a series of world-renowned speakers, a variety of related undergraduate and graduate credit courses, and a group of resident artists who will be working to create new works. The 2021 Intensive broadly engages the theme Site/ation, connecting to place through Indigenous territoriality, being grounded in land, voice and language, reconnecting to/nurturing traditions, and beyond.
Visiting artists will participated in a series of keynote presentations and artist panels once a week throughout May and June. For more information on the keynote presentations, panel discussions and other events, please visit our events listings on the Intensive Blog.