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Shamans, Mythmakers and Imagined places: Central Asia at the 51st Venice Biennale
by Candice Hopkins

Bounty Hunting Warrior Genes: Potential use of genetic material for a clone army
by Christine Morris

Os-sa-pah-chi-kan / Shapeshifting in the Matrices
by James Nicholas

OHEN:TON KARIWATEHKWEN greetings to the technological world
by Jason E. Lewis & Skawennati Tricia Fragnito

ConunDrum Online Features: Volume Two


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Shamans, Mythmakers and Imagined places: Central Asia at the 51st Venice Biennale
by Candice Hopkins

Candice HopkinsA while ago I read about a search by Jimmie Durham, the Cherokee artist, to find the division between Europe and Asia. Once he thought he had found it in the form of Hooded – or Eastern – Crows that he saw in Rome and later in Moscow (an ornithologist friend relayed that Hooded Crows were found in the East and Black Crows in the West) only to be set back when he spotted the same crows again, perched in Brussels.

The division between Europe and Asia might be better described as a meeting point; a meeting point that is multiple, and as Durham’s observation points to, always already shifting and mutable.

Bounty Hunting Warrior Genes: Potential use of genetic material for a clone army.
by Christine Morris

Temuera MorrisonThe following story is about my own journey into the world of genetic engineering. A world in which the Indigenous person may think they have little input other than as a victim. However, I have written this account in a hope that Indigenous people and especially artists will take a closer look at what is going on. I hope that by reading the following story and it’s challenging hypothesis that artists will also engage in discussions about this technology, and that engagement will not be as a victim, but as a commentator who have drawn on their own traditional law to make comment. My journey will take the reader through a series of events, which have brought the genetic engineering issues to my attention. In the true oral tradition I will then use the narrative to make sense of what I have seen. I will also incorporate a segment, which sets out a small over view of my understanding of traditional law in Australia - the land of my most ancient ancestors.

Os-sa-pah-chi-kan / Shapeshifting in the Matrices
by James Nicholas

pim-mat-tis-si-winShamanism from the perspective of a full-blood Cree Indian is a non-linear, de-globalized, anti-hybrid post-modern society, at once ma mah ta wi si win and matrices. But to enter the matrix you have to be aware and knowledgeable of the portals which may or may not avail themselves to you. I don’t know who picks shamans or indeed how they are picked, but this much I do know, you know. One must begin at the beginning, in the womb, the genetic code, the double helix, the strand of DNA which determines the why and what and where of… One must be a child of the earth, of the land, in order to understand the simple, the profound, the sacred, the spiritual. The inner world vis--vis the world as it appears when you look up at the stars on a dark night. One must sacrifice for knowledge and dare to go where no human mind or spirit has dared to venture. One must see through and around the time/space/earth/self continuum, with the added ability to bend it, harness it, or bring it to a standstill.


OHEN:TON KARIWATEHKWEN greetings to the technological world
by Jason E. Lewis & Skawennati Tricia Fragnito

Thanksgiving AddressWe don't even pray over our food. We just eat it like it is ours. That's greedy. It is a gift. Arvol Looking Horse

"When one recites the Thanksgiving Address, the natural world is thanked." Some Old Mohawk

The traditional Iroquois Thanksgiving Address is a beautiful piece of oration. Handed down from time immemorial, the list of those greeted and thanked includes the earth, the water, the thunder, the medicine herbs and more. We felt it was about time someone added a few lines so that it includes items of our technological world that we are also thankful for.

In our digital video triptych, we sit before a feast of turkey, yams, squash, stuffing and cranberries and, following the form of the traditional Thanksgiving Address, we thank the Creator for some modern amenities.


 
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