PECHAWIS, Archer

Toronto / Mistawasis First Nation

Archer Pechawis, Shoot the Indian HIVE 2008. PHOTO Merle Addison

nōhtāwiy awa
[this is my father]

Archer Pechawis has a particular interest in the intersection of Plains Cree culture and digital technology, merging “traditional” objects such as hand drums with digital video and audio sampling.

Archer Pechawais is a performance, theatre and new media artist, filmmaker, writer, curator and educator. Of Cree and European ancestry, he is a member of Mistawasis First Nation, Saskatchewan. Born in Alert Bay, BC, Pechawis has been a practicing artist since 1984 His work has been exhibited across Canada, internationally in Paris and Moscow,  and featured in publications such as Fuse Magazine and Canadian Theatre Review. Archer has been the recipient of many Canada Council, British Columbia and Ontario Arts Council awards, and won the Best New Media Award at the 2007 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and Best Experimental Short at imagineNATIVE in 2009.

Archer has worked extensively with Native youth since the start of his art practice, originally teaching juggling and theatre, and now digital media and performance. He is currently a member of the Indigenous Routes collective (www.indigenousroutes.ca), teaching video game development to Native girls.

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