AlterNATIVE: Niitoyis (Original Dwelling Place)

Date: Sep 6, 2019

Deadline: Sep 27, 2019 - 7:00 pm

AlterNATIVE: Niitoyis (Original Dwelling Place)
Curated by Curtis Running Rabbit-Lefthand (Indigenous Resilience in Music)
Presented as part of Alberta Culture Days with the support of the Government of Alberta

Friday, September 27, 2019, 7-9 p.m.
Glenbow Museum Theatre – 130 9 Ave SE
FREE Admission
 
Featuring: Intertribal Series a documentary by Trevor Solway
And performances by: Bebe Buckskin, Wyatt C. Louis and DJ BKFT

EMMEDIA and Indigenous Resilience in Music (IRIM) is proud to present "Niitoyis (Original Dwelling Place)" as part of the AlterNATIVE Indigenous Film Series, which showcases the rich landscape of works produced by Indigenous artists. This edition, curated by Curtis Running Rabbit-Lefthand, features "Intertribal Series" a documentary by Trevor Solway and performances by Bebe Buckskin, Wyatt C. Louis and DJ BKFT. 

In Blackfoot culture and many other Indigenous cultures, sharing and remembering the origins of our stories are part of the ways in which we understand, maintain, and continue building relationships with one another. Today, our stories can be told through film, music and other multimedia practices but it is the history and origins of the stories we share that continue to sustain us in reclaiming, preserving, and revitalizing our cultures as Indigenous peoples in Canada. AlterNATIVE: Niitoyis (Original Dwelling Place), a film screening and music series curated by Blackfoot artist and musician Curtis Running Rabbit-Lefthand and presented by EMMEDIA Gallery and Production Society and Indigenous Resilience in Music (IRIM), will bring to Mohkintsís (Calgary, AB) a time to learn from our origin stories from Canada’s up and coming Indigenous musicians, filmmakers, and creatives that are paving the way for Indigenous people in film, music and the arts. 

About the Curator:
Curtis Running Rabbit-Lefthand is an Indigenous multimedia creative producer, musician, spoken word artist, and law student out of the University of Calgary. He is the founder and Executive Director of Indigenous Resilience in Music – an Indigenous-led organization creating insight into the lives of Indigenous musicians and empowering Indigenous youth in reclaiming their identity in music and the arts. As an artist and musician, he performs as the front person for the aggressive hardcore punk band Signatory and performs under his solo singer songwriter works outside of his band. Curtis is a proud member of the Blackfoot Confederacy and comes from the Amskaapipikuni, Siksika and Stoney Nakoda nations.
 
Intertribal Series
Trevor Solway, 2018, 40 min.

A musical documentary by Trevor Solway that showcases the talent and stories of four musicians from the Treaty 7 area. Solway, a Blackfoot filmmaker from Siksika Nation, uses storytelling to showcase local Indigenous musicians. Featured artists include Armond Duck Chief, an exuberant and jovial cowboy country singer, Bebe Buckskin, a free-spirited native Janis Joplin type, Darcy Turning Rope, a powwow singer with a storied heritage in traditional Blackfoot singing and drumming, and Olivia Tailfeathers, an elder who blends contemporary hymns with traditional drumming and Blackfoot words.

About Trevor Solway:
Trevor Solway is a Blackfoot filmmaker, journalist and media maker from Siksika Nation located east of Calgary. His Blackfoot name is Sinakson (Writer), which was also the name of his great, great grandfather, Samuel Solway. Storytelling has always been a passion of his and in 2012, he attended the Independent Indigenous Digital Filmmaking program at Capilano University in North Vancouver. In 2017, he completed his Bachelor of Communications degree with a major in Journalism back in Calgary. He has produced numerous documentaries and narrative films in the span on 2.5 years. He is most known for his comedic short (Indian Giver) and documentaries (The Black Wolf, TRENCH, and Sacred by Nature), all of which received festival attention.
 
About Bebe Buckskin:
Born and raised in the great muskeg of Northern Alberta, Bebe Buckskin; a Cree/Metis artist, is the embodiment of Northern grit and soul. Classic Blues Rock is anchor of her music, with infusions that skim upon outlaw country, folk and R&B. This ex-rodeo queen is unafraid to bare her raw intensity on stage, making for a riveting and authentic performance. Velvety robust vocals paired with a soulfully dynamic band, floats the listener away on a journey through soundscapes of nostalgic inspirations. Deep dense decadence for the senses.
 
About Wyatt C. Louis:
Singer/songwriter Wyatt C. Louis’ dark, rustic tales of home blend folk with soulful blues. Having moved to Calgary, AB just over two years ago, Louis has since made an impact on the city with soaring melodies and railroad-like finger picking. With an expressive and intimate EP entitled On a Journey for the Long Run under the belt, Wyatt C. Louis is gearing up to record and release parts of his first full-length this year.
 
About DJ BKFT:
DJ BLKFT, is taking the city by storm. Fresh to the CJSW programming roster and leading the way with his self-dubbed #RezHouse, DJ BLKFT is delivering the bounce and the bangers to ears throughout Treaty 7 Territory and beyond. Founder of Drum Beat Productions, BLKFT is Niitsiitapi from Siksika First Nation, and with community growth being the nucleus of his vision, BLKFT is activating the population! He defines #RezHouse as a “reflection of the contemporary music you hear in everyday life mixed with indigenous artists’ electronic sounds”. Bringing people to their feet and bringing fairness to the forefront, catch DJ BLKFT spinning the most fire #RezHouse on any given day in Mohkhinstsiss (Calgary).

DJ BKFT will also be teaching a free workshop on Saturday, September 28 at the New Central Library! For more information, go to: http://emmedia.ca/2019/09/alternative-workshop/

About Alberta Culture Days:
AlterNATIVE is part of the celebrations occurring throughout the province during Alberta Culture Days 2019. Alberta Culture Days runs September 27 to 29 and is the province’s largest celebration of our heritage, arts, community spirit and cultural diversity. To learn more, visit www.AlbertaCultureDays.ca.