We are all indigenous

Jul 19, 2017, 12:07 PM

Yellowknife protest reimagined by Ryan Cross.

"This piece uses sounds from the protest in Yellowknife, North West Territories, Canada. This protest is part of a wider movement called Idle No More which is a collective of indigenous groups in Canada that are united to defend the rights and lands of native groups. It uses speech from the protest, as well as the beating drums that played during the march. The drums have been separated into left and right channels, with one channel the reverse of the same drum beat. The forward/backwards drums will switch in the listeners ears, with the intent of producing a dissonance, but also the idea of the breakdown in binary thinking. Starting off with the idea of indigenous/non-indigenous, the piece seeks to dissolve these differences and in the end we are to understand, as the title suggests, that we are all indigenous to this planet and that we all have a responsibility to it. At the end is an excerpt from Allen Ginsberg’s epilogue to his poem “Howl,” which reinforces the sacred nature of all human existence. "

Part of the Protest and Politics project - find out more at http://www.citiesandmemory.com/protest