Kevin Lee Burton

Nikamowin (Song)

2007
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"Nikamowin (Song)" is a linguistic soundscape using aural elements of the Cree language. With this work, Burton created a new way of experiencing and understanding his mother tongue. The artist began investigating this subject through his Elders, recording their cultural knowledge. The experience led him to realize how language transcends its existence within the community; the Cree believe that their language was born out of the surrounding landscape. This video is also an allegory about the artist's experience of moving from the remote location of God's Lake Narrows, Manitoba, to Vancouver, British Columbia.
Title
Nikamowin (Song)
Date
2007
Medium
Film
Materials
digital video disk (DVD), 11:15 minutes
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2011
Accession number
43247