Vigil- The Land Remembers 2018

Performance/ Intervention held at Silo City, Buffalo, NY. The USA. 

As part of an ongoing performance series, I poured 155 pounds of cement (an adult woman's average weight in Canada)  into a hole in the landscape that had collected water. I was interested in using the natural landscape the existed at Silo City in Buffalo, NY. Using this puddle now reformed into a new form wanted it to resemble an unmarked gravesite. I used this site to host interventions of giving remembrance, gratitude, and awareness to the public about the epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous women in North America. I’ve invited the public to join in my smudging, giving thanks, and open discussions about these important subjects. Instead of having it function as a lecture space, I want to foster the area as a respectful memorial and honest, open, and genuine discussion platform.  Most importantly for it to be a space to give respect and homage to these women.

The Live Performance was held respectively on Seneca and Haudenosaunee land at the Silo City, in Buffalo NY. USA. In hope to strike a conversation and awareness about Missing and Murdered indigenous women across North America.

Buffalo is the original territory of the Seneca Nation, a member of the Haudenosaunee Six Nations Confederacy. This territory is covered by The Dish with One Spoon Treaty of Peace and Friendship, a pledge to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. It is also covered by the 1794 Treaty of Canandaigua, between the United States Government and the Six Nations Confederacy, which further affirmed Haudenosaunee land rights and sovereignty in the State of New York. Today, this region is still the home to the Haudenosaunee people. I am so grateful for the opportunity to visit, get to know, spend time, and share ideas within this territory.  I am grateful for the traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders, I recognize the land, its gifts and lessons, and the territory I reside in.

Documention done in part by Erik Sirke