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Work in progress: Nigamon/Tunai

Artists and activists Émilie Monnet and Waira Nina Jacanamijoy have been collaborating for almost ten years on solidarity-based exchanges between their respective Anishinaabeg and Inga communities—and, more broadly, with other Indigenous artists. This has inspired a new work currently in development. In Nigamon/Tunai, they explore what it means to be a good ally. At the intersection of friendship and the battle for land rights, these two women invite us to take part in a moment of sharing, founded on the living knowledge that connects Indigenous peoples from the North and the South.


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“There’s both a political and poetic aspect to making Indigenous languages heard on stage. With Waira, since our common language is Spanish, it’s necessary to work in multiple languages. From an artistic perspective, we will try experimenting with ways to make five languages—two Indigenous, three colonial—co-exist on stage. Maybe we’ll have to create a language without words.”

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