Indigenous Creative and Intellectual Practices – Online Film Screening and Panel

Monday October 25, 2021 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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Melissa General, Reclamation, 2014, video still. Courtesy of the artist and Video Out

Online Film Screening

Melissa General, Reclamation, 2014, 6:26 minutes, colour, sound, Courtesy of Video Out | Mike MacDonald (1941- 2006), Touched By The Tears of a Butterfly, 1995, 14:30 minutes, colour, no sound, Courtesy of Vtape | Jenn Cole, (in collaboration with Kerry Bebee, Bennett Bedoukian and William Kingfisher), bzindan naama’iing (listening underneath), 2020, 5:33 minutes, colour, sound, Courtesy of the Artist

Looking closely at the world towards the future, enawendewin/relationships considers gardens as sites of learning and creation. Bringing together contemporary artists who integrate Indigenous knowledge with practical concerns in the everyday, this multidisciplinary project is informed by themes including: growing food as sovereignty, methods for contemporary living, and how our local is affected by global concerns. This online screening is comprised of short films and videos curated by William Kingfisher, presented by the McMaster Museum of Art. For more information on enawendewin/relationships see


Dr. Vanessa Watts, scholar, and writer | Mary Anne Barkhouse, visual and public artist | Jenn Cole, filmmaker, performance artists and scholar | William Kingfisher, curator | Tom Wilson, musician, visual artist, and author.

A conversation led by Dr. Vanessa Watts with Indigenous artists, curators, musicians, performers, writers, and scholars — Mary Anne Barkhouse, Jenn Cole, William Kingfisher, and Tom Wilson, about their distinct creative and intellectual practices whether they be visual, musical, literary, scholarly, or curatorial are iterative processes and reveal complex, converging and diverging meanings over time.

Relationships to each other, family, home and community, the land, water, plants, and the natural world — history, identity and language honouring memory inherently rooted in a place — empire, colonialism, and survival — and how creative work can break open the intersections between politics, ideas, images, story, song, and chance encounters.

The panel conversation will be preceded by a short film program. Following the panel presentations, a Q & A will be facilitated by Dr. Vanessa Watts.

For more information about Indigenous Creative & Intellectual Practices Online Film Program & Panel, click here.