"ABLE TO WALK IN BOTH WORLDS."

“Those children and grandchildren now, because they have the blood flowing through them of both societies I think are able to bridge that gap much more readily and walk in both worlds much more readily.”

 

Chief Ron Morin – Enoch Cree Nation

 

The collection consists of four models, each illustrating various actions that have taken place when two cultures have found ways to coexist.

 

 

Most First Nations communities in Canada are facing encounters of finding a balance, between tradition and urban conveniences, between time immemorial and modern acceleration, and between the many choices of what to adopt and what to reject.

 

There are numerous instances of these balancing acts. The very subtle combining of two forms, or the more abrupt collision of opposing ideals; the morphing that takes place over a period of time, or even the adoption of particular elements from an outside culture. Being able to walk between these two worlds has proven its brutality, but has uncovered the potential for richness and beauty in the blending of cultures.

FUSING

 

ADOPTING

 

MORPHING

 

MONTAGING

Fusing

Two elements from different worlds coming together, but both elements are still visible.

Adopting

Taking from one world and placing directly into the other world, without changing the element.

Morphing

A hybrid of two elements from different worlds.

Montaging

A hard connection of two elements from different worlds.

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