Thursday, August 18, 2016

White Galactic Wind/ White Crystal Wizard - Magnetic Bat Moon of Purpose, Day 24

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Tanya Lukin Linklater, Alutiiq.

Tanya is a contemporary artist whose practice spans experimental choreography, performance art, writing, and video.

Tanya originates from the Native Villages of Afognak and Port Lions in southwestern Alaska. She is Alutiiq and her body-based work often maps non-Alutiiq spaces with her indigenous language, dance, song and memory in highly experimental ways. Based on Nipissing First Nation in northern Ontario, Canada, her choreographic and performance art works have been exhibited in Canada and the U.S.

She has published poetry in Ice Floe, Ode’min Giizis 2010 literary supplement, and in “A Small Gathering for the Healing of Our Aboriginal Languages”curated by Peter Morin at Western Front Gallery. In 2007, her essay, “Avva’s Telling,” on Inuit film was published in an anthology by Isuma. She coordinated, with Marilyn Dumont and Anna Marie Sewell, the Honour Songs Project for the 2007 Edmonton Poetry Festival to honour the contributions of aboriginal women to the City of Edmonton through poetry, performance, and installation.

Tanya received her B.A. (Honors) from Stanford University, where she was awarded the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and Louis Sudler Prize in Creative and Performing Arts. Her training includes experimental movement studies at Mile Zero Dance Company, The Banff Centre for the Arts, and University of Alberta (M.Ed.). In 2010, she received the Chalmers Professional Development Grant for a choreographic mentorship. In 2011, Tanya was nominated for the K.M. Hunter Artist Award in Dance. Her artistic practice has been generously supported by Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts.*


In Memoriam

Part 1.

in a place where words do not exist

                    no-words          pass          through   my   t r u n k

                                     d i s s o l v e                                    

                                                   s i l e n c e

          five hundred         I call            by tender names

guts caught in their throats – gasping
and grasping, they fall,

            heaped                   into              earth              

            s u p p l e           s i l e n c e

           five hundred nestled within         
                    knife-sharp slate and amiq of sea otter
                                   salt spray and canon ash
                                             relentless swell and musket strike


in no-place,  soundlessness       passes through my           limbs    lips     belly

                                           until tips of fingers, outline of spine    surrender to

                      a parcel     heaped      with five hundred tender shoots          pulled apart       

                edges of               r e f u g e      r o c k                                       

s o a k e d    in      u n s p o k e n – n e s s*

by Tanya Lukin Linklater 



Kin 242: White Galactic Wind

I harmonize in order to communicate
Modeling breath
I seal the input of spirit
With the galactic tone of integrity
I am guided by the power of death.

The human arranges different forms to reflect its inner world. Everything is sacred, everything in your space is a pure reflection of your mind.*

*Star Traveler's 13 Moon Almanac of Synchronicity, Galactic Research Institute, Law of Time Press, Ashland, Oregon, 2016-2017.

The Sacred Tzolk'in 

Ajna Chakra  (Gamma Plasma)

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