March 1 to April 15, 2015
Songide'ewin: Ojibwe Narratives Art Exhibit reflects the impact of my residential school experiences, and resonates with fellow survivors and their families. It’s a healing tool for communities and individuals. I believe that reconciliation and healing will evolve and emerge from the art process itself.
What else is art other than the reflection of our deepest spirit, our souls and the elevation of our rightful, uncensored selves.
The dictionary defines reconciliation as ‘making friendly again after an estrangement; to harmonize; to make compatible.’ Songide'ewin is a contemplative and cathartic experience for me, and seeks to answer many questions that I am struggling with: Who am I reconciling with? What am I trying to reconcile?
How do I achieve this reconciliation? Reconciliation exposes many feelings and emotions: resistance, enlightenment, remembrance, shame, pain, resilience, rejuvenation, healing, pride, identity, and finally the restoration and integration of my Ojibwe arts and culture with my current urban life style.
Songide'ewin integrates the traditional and the contemporary – to bring together the past generations and future generations. Songide'ewin is ultimately a celebration of the resilient spirit and an example of how art can heal, inspire, elevate and enlighten. Finally, Songide'ewin will bring closure, which will liberate me to produce and create art and literary works in the future.