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Making connections

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 This site is part of an ongoing effort to create links between Inuit media artists in Nunavut and indigenous media groups in Mexico.  It is also a reflection about cultural connections more generally. In what ways do cultural exchanges bring about new and innovative creative conversations?  What do people learn from them?

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 This site is part of an ongoing effort to create links between Inuit media artists in Nunavut and indigenous media groups in Mexico.  It is also a reflection about cultural connections more generally. In what ways do cultural exchanges bring about new and innovative creative conversations?  What do people learn from them?

  An Igloolik-Oaxaca artistic exchange Our project began as a set of email conversations between people from Arnait Video Productions, an Inuit women’s video collective from Igloolik, Nunavut, and Ojo de Agua, a video activist group in Oaxaca, southwest Mexico.  A 12 day tour (in February-March, 2009) was planned to visit different Oaxacan communities.  Joining the original Arnait crew of video-artists (Madeleine Ivalu, Susan Avingaq, Marie-Helene Cousineau and Carol Kunnuk) were Marie-Helen’s 8 years-old son Alexandre Apak Cousineau, actor Lucy Tulugaarjuk, anthropologist Nancy Wachowich and her 4 year-old son Hector Lorimer.  In Mexico City, the Inuit youth circus, Arctcirq, having just recently completed a performance stint in Veracruz, also joined the tour.  Thus, Arctcirq performers Guillaume Saladin, Toby Otak, Salomon Ujurasuk, Jackie Qurnut and Guillaume’s mother, Sylvie Pharand became part of the group.  We all spent three days in Mexico City exploring different sites.  Wow, that city is huge!  Artcirq performed one night with a Mexican circus troupe.  We then travelled to Oaxaca, from where, with Guillermo Monteforte and Clara, members of Ojo de Agua we set off for three villages: Capulalpam de Mendez, Taleo de Castro (both mainly Zapotec) and Tlahuitoltepec (Mixe).  Other artists and activists hitched rides with us and joined us in activities along the way. For awile we travelled with a group of Argentinian mining activists and healers.  Later on it was a group of Oaxacan circus performers.  In each place, a combination of workshops, seminars, cultural performances and screenings were held so that people could meet and get to know each other in different types of spaces.  Our hopes were that people could compare cultural experiences, find out who is working on similar things, be aware of who is on the same frequency.  What will come from extending these networks between north and south?  We don’t really know.   But this has been an effort to set up a network, a conversation that spans periods of time and that bypasses national boundaries. Our hopes is that it will generate more meetings, forums, exchanges between people around the world, comparing challenges that they face, where they draw strength.     What follows are a series of descriptions.  We would love to hear your views!!!  Please post comments as they come to you.  We would like to acknowledge the support of the Canada Arts Council for this project. 
 
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Link to: Interview with Luis Lupone, filmmaker, Mexico
Interview with Luis Lupone, fimmaker from Mexico City, who worked with Oaxacan artisan Palafox. Interviewed by MArie-Hélène Cousineau
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2012-04-12 17:50
Link to: Interview with Guillermo Monteforte
Interview with Guillermo Monteforte from Ojo de Agua, a video activist group working with Indigenous groups of Oaxaca, Mexico.This interview was done by Marie-Hélène...
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Arnait collective
2012-04-12 11:10
Link to: Performance in Tlahuitoltepec, OAxaca
When Arnait and Artcirq present in Tlahuitoltepec, they are also greeted by the local brass band. The evening is taking place in the centre of the town.
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Arnait collective
2012-04-11 20:41
Link to: Arnait collective  en Thlahuitoltepec
This is a very interesting discussion and meeting between Inuit women, filmmakers  from Igloolik, and Indigenous women from Thlahuitoltepec, also involved in videomaking...
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Arnait collective
2012-04-11 11:12
Link to: At the Teatro National de Mexico, Arnait,  guest performers
The women rehearse their song before entering the stage of the Teatro National de Mexico where they will be the guests of Artcirq and their Mexican hosts. A collaboration...
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Arnait collective
2012-04-10 17:34
Link to: Susan and Madeline visit the cathedral of Mexico City
Lots of tupiq , tents in front of the cathedral...it was a jamboree not an Inuit camp...
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Arnait collective
2012-04-10 17:15
Link to: Discussion between Arnait collective and Alberto Cortes, Mexican filmmaker
Madeline Ivalu, Susan Avingaq, CArol Kunnuk , filmmakers from Igloolik, meet Alberto Cortes, Mexican filmaker in Mexico City. They discuss the process of filmaking. Alberto's...
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Arnait collective
2012-04-05 21:59
Link to: On the road in Mexico with Arnait and Artcirq
The Arnait collective and the Artcirq group leaves Mexico City towards Oaxaca ;discussion in the van about shamanism, singing to the tree, meeting community leaders of...
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Arnait collective
2012-04-05 19:32
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