2BEARS, Jackson & ROGERS, Janet
Jackson 2bears, Evanescing this Harrowed Strata (a performance with Tanya Doody), Vancouver 2017 PHOTO Rennie Brown
We are interested in the spatiality of storytelling—how stories can be dimensional as well as durational; how narratives are intricately interconnected with ‘place,’ the landscape, and the environment. As Onkwehonwe (Indigenous people) we understand the landscape as a living, animate, and embodied archive. With this project, we are interested in exploring the idea of spatial-storytelling, and the ways we are immersed in story—sometimes through song, dance, or simply by traversing and crossing territorial narratives—and the spirit-residue (Medicine Shadows) this leaves on the land. This project is about performative storytelling, and our relationship to the living archive of the ‘places’ we occupy as Onkwehonwe.
Jackson 2bears is a Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) multimedia installation/performance artist and cultural theorist from Six Nations and Tyendinaga, who is currently based in Lethbridge Alberta, Canada—Treaty 7, Blackfoot Territory.
Janet Rogers is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from the Six Nations band in Ontario. Janet works in the genres of poetry, spoken-word performance poetry, video poetry, recorded poetry with music, and script writing.