Arlene Bowman – Surrey Muse

Arlene Bowman is a Dine’ filmmaker who shoots still photographs, performs open mic, sings, and choreographs modern dance-jazz. Her films and videos include: Locked Doors (4 min. song poem video, 2013), Illegal Anger (4 min. song poem video, 2011), The Graffiti‘ (30 min. experimental drama video, 2010), ‘Song Journey‘ (hour documentary video, 1994), Women and Men Are Good Dancers (5 min. video, 1994) and Navajo Talking Picture (40 min. color 16mm film, 1986). As an eight year old, Arlene learned to draw people’s faces and bodies in elementary art classes, and at fourteen, she went into still photography later earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Still Photography at San Francisco Art Institute. But that changed to filmmaking as soon as she moved to Los Angeles in 1977 where she obtained Masters of Fine Arts in film production at University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1986. At this time, Arlene lives in Vancouver and she is working on various projects including to produce-write a feature drama titled Tourquoise in LA, make a personal-experimental documentary about Na Dene and Dine’ speaking peoples in Canada-USA, make a documentary-animation about coho salmon, create Indigenous Woman Filmmakers’ Conference, Tourquoise Filmmaker, a non-profit organization for low income Indigenous filmmakers.

Visit Arlene’s homepage
visualeye.wordpress.com
Contact Arlene
bluesky5videocamera@gmail.com

At the May 25 gathering of Surrey Muse, Arlene will be the Featured Performer. More information about the event is here:
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annie ross – poet / visual artist


‘Daughter of a strong traditional Maya mother and auntie and WWII veteran father (Sydney Mines, NS). Began education at home with plants, animals, art, Indigenous hand work, storytelling, and history in Compton, California. Now working as an artist/teacher in the Canadian west, with awesome on-going working relationships with friends/family from many First Nations/Indigenous communities regarding testimony of Home/Lands and Sacred Beings.’

Surrey Muse is delighted to have annie ross’s art work on our poster for the April 2018 gathering.

The art work is part of a set of over forty paintings titled ‘2016 – 2018 extinction portraits’, and it comes with the following text:

Extinction Portraits: the Political Economy of the Grizzly Bear

‘The first teachers are the Animals. Creation Stories, field observations, relationship to Home/Land, is the Indigenous Environmental Bioregionalism of Place, successful for millennia too old and long to count, in modern spreadsheets. Extractive industries (i.e; the reap and rape of the commons), with its colonial imposition of man camps, drugs, alcohol, sex for hire slavery, and complete environmental destruction of Home/Land, leaves a spoiled land unable to support life, marginalized down wind and downstream, extinctions, and a population of completely dispossessed persons, now unable to live sustainably. Open-pit mining, clear-cuts, and other so called ‘development projects’, as they have been mostly practiced in the Americas, create three things: 1. Massive wealth and power for the few; 2. Extinctions; and 3. “Skid Row”s of all major cities, world-wide, populated by dispossessed Indigenous peoples who no longer have a Home/Land to whom to return. Promises of economic parity, justice, are just that. Remediation is a dream. The birthplace of the nuclear bomb in the American southwest, Alberta’s tar sands, are all omnicidal realities. No one, no matter whom, can live, dream, on these landscapes, destroyed in geologic terms, by political economics fuel by lawless expediency, imperialist goals; the ‘Greed Sickness” of our time.’
2016—2018-extinction-portraits

View more of annie’s art
anniegrace/gallery
Contact annie
annier@sfu.ca

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Marcy Angeles – Surrey Muse

Marcy Angeles is a Two-Spirit Apache writer, painter and musician from Southern New Mexico. Her main solo music project is Western Obsidian, an exploration of trauma placed on her people for generations, where the name references the legend of the Apache Tears, a type of obsidian with a story that tells of Apaches jumping to their deaths so that colonials do not have the opportunity to take their lives. Marcy has also composed Shoegazey Noise Rock under the alias Fleurish where she released an album titled ‘Deepligai’ presenting a more gentle, atmospheric and all around her softer side. Her paintings and poetry have been featured in Barrio Panther Magazine and in the 2017 issue 5 of Parallax Magazine. Marcy began to do artwork and writing as a child, the music came later. Her first solo band was TVOD, it was an industrial music project intended to give PTSD a sound- to sound fearful so the listener understands what PTSD feels like just by listening. She is also working on the music project 3Li0ns where she is collaborating with ‘the very talented women artists’ Myrh & Agitation Phi. Marcy has been one of the many Native American Two Spirits working to restore their place by the Sacred Fire; ‘it is one thing to be transgender and a whole other to be an Indigenous transgender woman’, says Marcy.

Visit Marcy’s Soundcloud profile
soundcloud.com/tvodmff
Contact Marcy
oodigthisvibeoo@aol.com

At the April 27 gathering of Surrey Muse, Marcy will be our Featured Performer via Skype. More information about the event is here:
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Christi Belcourt – Visual Artist


Christi Belcourt is a Michif (Métis) visual artist, an author, an environmentalist and an advocate for the lands, waters and Indigenous peoples. She is a lead organizer for the Onaman Collective that focuses on resurgence of language and land based practices; and, the lead coordinator for Walking With Our Sisters, a community-driven project that honours murdered or missing Indigenous women. Her work Giniigaaniimenaaning (Looking Ahead) commemorates residential school survivors, their families and communities to mark the Prime Minister’s historic Apology in 2008 and is installed at Centre Block on Parliament Hill commissioned by the Government of Canada. She was named the Aboriginal Arts Laureate by the Ontario Arts Council in 2015, and in 2016 she won a Governor General’s Innovation Award and was named the winner of the 2016 Premier’s Awards in the Arts. Christi is the author of Medicines To Help Us (Gabriel Dumont Institute, 2007) and Beadwork (Ningwakwe Learning Press, 2010). Her work is found in the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Gabriel Dumont Institute, the Indian and Inuit Art Collection, Parliament Hill, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery and Canadian Museum of Civilization, First People’s Hall.

Surrey Muse is honored to have Christi Belcourt’s art work on our poster for the March 2018 gathering.

The art work comes with the following text:

Water has no flag, Water knows no race.

The earth’s belly grew
of sun and moon and stars
until her waters broke and all of creation took its first breath
crying out “glorious is life” into the four directions.

And for a million moons
and a million cycles around the sun
she danced, birthing beings as miraculous as the stars,
while the sun and moon
danced like jewels on the surface of her seas
and all of creation sang in unison “glorious is life”.

For a million moons and a million cycles around the sun,
all drank from the shores of her veins,
all whose bones returned to her flesh
all who come from her all here now
carrying within them all who ever were
and all who will ever be.

Our mother
whose waters broke on that first day
and made song possible,
We sing now for you,
Drumming to your heartbeat
with nothing left to give but our bones and flesh as an offering,
so that we too can drink in life from the shores of your veins
for another million moons
and another million cycles around the sun.

View Christi’s art practices
christibelcourt.com/cv
Contact Christi
belcourtart@hotmail.com
@christibelcourt

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Aidan Chafe – Surrey Muse

Aidan Chafe is a public school teacher, author and poet. His debut collection of poems Short History of Light is published by McGill-Queen’s University Press. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in CV2, EVENT and The Maynard. He lives in Burnaby, BC.

More about Aidan is here
aidanchafe.com
Contact Aidan
aidan_chafe@yahoo.ca

At the March 23 gathering of Surrey Muse, Aidan will be the Booksigning Author. More information about the event is here:
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Lee Maracle – Surrey Muse

Lee Maracle is a poet, novelist, editor and educationist based in Toronto who has distinguished herself in each area of her work. She has published seven novels, numerous poetry collections and works of creative prose. Titles include Celia’s Song (Cromorant Books, Toronto 2014), Will’s Garden (young adult novel, 2002), Bent Box (poetry), and My Conversations with Canadians (2017). She is the co-editor of a number of anthologies including the award winning My Home As I Remember (2000), and Telling It: Women and Language across Cultures (1990). Lee is the Traditional Teacher for First Nations and a Senior Fellow at Massey College at U of T. She has served as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, and the University of Western Washington. She is the recipient of the 2018 Blue Metropolis First Nations Literary award, the 2014 Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the 2016 Ann Green Award, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, an Honorary Doctor of Letters at St. Thomas University (2009), and the Officer of the Order of Canada. Lee was born in North Vancouver as member of the Stó:lō Nation. The mother of four and grandmother of seven, at this time, Lee serves as an instructor at the University of Toronto, and she is working on Hope Matters and Mink Returns to Toronto.

More information
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Contact Lee Maracle
@MaracleLee
lee.maracle@utoronto.ca

At the March 23 gathering of Surrey Muse, Lee will be our Featured Poet from Toronto via Skype. More information about the event is here:
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T’uy’t’tanat-Cease Wyss – Surrey Muse

T’uy’t’tanat-Cease is an interdisciplinary artist who works with new media, is an ethnobotanist and more recently has returned to her textiles art practice through learning Coast Salish weaving techniques. Building on this ancient technology Cease will be embarking on a high tech project through Emily Carr College of Art and Design on Loretta Todd’s IM4: Indigenous Matriarchs 4 [as in the Sacred 4 directions] and will be building Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality worlds. Cease has been named the 2018 Indigenous Storyteller in Residence at the Vancouver Public Library and will be found at various libraries and community spaces from March til June. Her upcoming collaboration with Dene Artist Anne Riley Public Art project, ‘A Constellation of Remediation’ will be focused on Remediation of former gas station sites throughout Vancouver from now until 2019. She is a member of the Aboriginal Writers Collective West Coast and lives in East Vancouver. She is a beekeeper and community engaged gardener.

More about Cease is here
indigenousplantdiva.wordpress.com
ravenhummingbirdtea.wordpress.com
Contact Cease
ceasefire66@gmail.com
Skype: ceasefire66

At the March 23 gathering of Surrey Muse, Cease will be the Featured Performer. More information about the event is here:
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