Malleable Okanagan (wqna=qin-x) Existences
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This personal website as well as most of my visual work over the years calls into question constructions of "nation" and "America" to re-establish and acknowledge the Indigenous land-memories of the landmasses of North, Central, and South America. My work focuses on the Okanagan (wqna=qin-x) homelands, specifically as part of North America, Canada and the US in the 49th parallel bi-national boundary, Northern borderland area divided between Canada and the US in the state of Washington and province of British Columbia.This website keeps in mind the two most interrelated generations in our communities: elders and youth by making them an integral part of my work processes as primary sources, molding my work by their voices. We cannot get at the heart of decolonizing without the involvement of the knowledge keepers, the elders, and the future, the youth. In this context, Manuhuia Barcham's notion of "maintenance of prior identity" focuses our attention on change, living culture, and generational transition. Barcham interrupts the static position of current western theories and praxis of Indigenous rights that do not represent living, changing Indigenous cultures, and identities. This website uses, the tools of technology to empower these living, changing, breathing cultures. I speak back to re-interrupt the "vanishing primitive" myth, ahistorical placement of Indigenous peoples and cultures in the past, and push for malleable interpretations of identity for Okanagan and mixed Indigenous people that are from a place, but also carry their indigeneities with them no matter where they are on earth.