Teagyn Aatagwéix’i Vallevand claims she packed for the Kluane artist residency the exact same way Scooby Doo’s Daphne packs for ghost hunts — with towering stacks of baggage. The variation is Aatagwéix’i’s bags are full of beads fairly than heels and purple miniskirts.
“I introduced a absurd amount of money of artwork to operate on while I was right here,” suggests Aatagwéix’i about the cell phone from Haines Junction. “[The residency programmers] had been like, ‘Don’t sense tension to make a specified point,’ so I was like, ‘Ok, effectively, I far better convey 15 diverse matters to work on, and I’ll figure out what I want to make from there’.”
So she tossed every little thing she could feel of into her truck when she still left Whitehorse for the Kluane Countrywide Park Artist in Home Software this thirty day period.
The plan is a partnership involving the Yukon Arts Centre (YAC) and the Arctic Institute of North America’s Kluane Lake Study Station. It enables artists to shell out two months at the exploration station, positioned on Kluane Lake (also known as Lhù’ààn Mânʼ).
Aatagwéix’i, a citizen of the Kwanlin Dün Initial Country, is just one of 4 artists chosen for 2023 and 2024, together with Christine Koch, Misha Donohoe and Bettina Matzkuhn.
“Aatagwéix’i experienced an excellent software,” claims Mary Bradshaw, director of visual arts at YAC. “It was thoughtful and thrilling how she brings jointly regular knowledge with her artwork and relationship to the land — in specific looking at medications uncovered in Kluane.”
Bradshaw claims the software also brought up Aatagwéix’i’s intent to converse to researchers about all those vegetation to assistance guidebook her aim.
That arts and science collaboration is a major aspect of the residency. Not only do artists have physical accessibility to Kluane National Park and Reserve, they also have accessibility to the scientists who stop by the station from all-around the world to research the area’s glaciology, biology, botany, hydrology, climatology, anthropology and additional.
This thirty day period, Aatagwéix’i says a crew of researchers is studying vegetation in coastal northern locations. She appreciates the opportunity to have that scientific viewpoint on the normal landscape. Though she’s preserving her brain open to choices that could crop up while attending the residency, she came to the station with 1 thought in thoughts.
“I undoubtedly was imagining I preferred to do a massive medication bag of some form since it definitely ties into arts and science from a cultural viewpoint,” she suggests. “But it’s possible the design I decide on will be distinctive than what I was originally considering.”
She wants to do the job the mountains, h2o or the Kluane Glacier into her design and style, however she’s not very sure how just yet.
Of all her mediums (Aatagwéix’i also does Ravenstail weaving, formline and carving), she likes beading most effective due to the fact of the independence it makes it possible for to experiment with thoughts like the medicine bag.
“I’m surely a up to date visible artist,” she suggests. “I like to blend regular types and techniques with present day twists.”
With beadwork, she says she can bead a Barbie emblem if she wishes to. She couldn’t do that with additional common sorts like weaving.
“I believe it is crucial that you pass these [traditions] down. But I like having the flexibility as a up to date beadwork artist, currently being in a position to have pleasurable and showcase who I am as a To start with Nations man or woman in today’s modern society while also reflecting back on my cultural roots.”
Aatagwéix’i states a spotlight of the residency will be the a few workshops she’s giving. In addition to a medicine bag workshop and a beaded cuff workshop, she’s most thrilled about a sample-generating workshop for Very first Nations citizens.
The goal is to guidebook individuals as a result of earning beadwork styles for their have households that can be made use of to adorn vests and other items.
Some family members have patterns that have been passed down via generations, she claims, but other people have nothing at all.
“I know, getting experienced spouse and children members go to residential educational institutions, and all of residential colleges and colonization, a great deal of family members misplaced these patterns, or they had been taken from them, or they just do not have all those expertise,” suggests Aatagwéix’i. “Being capable to give that again, I assume, will be truly awesome and pretty empowering for individuals.”
The medicine bag workshop is fall-in when materials final. It takes location at Mät’àtäna Män (also known as Kathleen Lake) on July 29 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The beaded mountain cuff workshop will be held Aug. 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It requires put at Thechàl Dhâl’ Customer Centre. Members can register for just one of 13 confined spots by contacting 867-634-5235.
Amy Kenny, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Yukon News