Artist: Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning (Anishinaabe)
Canada | 2023
English | Virtual Reality, Video Dome
Instantiating the theory of “mnidoo worlding,” this captivating experience explores indigenous relational ontologies in a microscopic universe filled with story-planets and dynamic soundscapes, all contained within a drop of water.
Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning is an artist, a faculty member in Philosophy and Cultural Studies at Queen’s University, and a member of Kettle and Stoney Point First Nation.
Sqilxw Woman: Emerging from the Water
By Mariel Belanger
This video was created as part of the MITACS project EarthDiver: Digital Landbased Worlding, with PI Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning (Queens), Co-I Mary Bunch (York) and Native Women in the Arts (community partner) featuring the voice and talents of Hodari Newtown as sound designer/composer. In a multiverse version of reality, Mariel floats on the stars and tells a captikwl – animal story of The Earth Diver while practicing stand up paddling in a Salishan Sturgeon Nose Canoe made by Dr Shawn Brigman on the Columbia River when an actual earth diver, a beaver smacks his tail on the water surface before deep diving again.