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Cheryl L’Hirondelle (Cree/Half Breed; German/Polish) is an award-winning and community-engaged interdisciplinary artist, singer/songwriter and critical thinker whose family is from Papaschase First Nation / amiskwaciy wâskahikan (Edmonton, AB) and Kikino Metis Settlement. Her work investigates and attempts to articulate an intersection of nêhiyawin (Cree worldview) with contemporary time-place by incorporating sound, Indigenous language(s), music, plus old and new technologies. Her current ongoing projects include: Why the Caged Bird Sings, a collaborative songwriting project with incarcerated women, men and detained youth; nîpawiwin ohci, a series of immersive installations created to evoke embodied concepts towards solidarity and inclusion; yahkâskwan mîkiwahp (aka light tipi) ‒ a participatory action ‘virtual’ tipi made of light and sage smudge (with Joseph Naytowhow); and Singing Land – a multi-iterative international songwriting/sonic mapping project where she “sings land” as a process of personal treaty-making. She is currently a PhD candidate at SMARTlab/UCD in Dublin, Ireland.
How can a score be a call and tool for decolonization? Curated by Candice Hopkins (Tlingit) and Dylan Robinson (Stó:lō), Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts features newly commissioned scores and sounds for decolonization by Indigenous artists who attempt to answer this question.read more »