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  L'NUWELTI'K (WE ARE INDIAN)
Ursula A. Johnson

  September 19-23 | Various times | FREE
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Prismatic is honoured to present the world premiere of a durational performance of L'nuwelti'k (We Are Indian) by Mi'kmaw artist, Ursula A. Johnson. In her performances, Johnson will memorialize various Indian Registration and Membership Codes with participation from select volunteers.

Ursula A. Johnson is a Mi'kmaw Artist from the community of Eskasoni First Nation on Cape Breton Island. She studied Fine Arts at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University and Theatre at the University College of Cape Breton. She now primarily works in the area of Performance Art and Sculpture. Johnson descends from a long line of Mi'kmaw Artists, including her late Great-Grandmother, Caroline Gould, from whom she learned basket making. In 2010 she curated Klokowej: A 30-Year Retrospective commemorating Gould's contribution to the evolution of Mi'kmaw basketry.

Her background in theatre is evident in her public performances. People who attend Johnson's performances are often surprised to find themselves no longer spectators, but actors in a social situation. Instead of the private, contemplative response we usually expect from the encounter with a work of art, we become participants in collective interpretations and collaborative actions.

Johnson's contribution in the 2010 Prismatic Festival was an endurance performance piece where she paraded through the streets of Halifax, wearing a hand woven headpiece that was symbolic of her hair and scalp. Then at 9pm in Grand Parade Square she invited a volunteer from the audience to participate in a "scalping ceremony" which was designed to create a platform for discussion on the 1756 Scalping Proclamation issued by Governor Lawrence on Mi'kmaq Scalps.

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