June 27, 2020 [2020 Season]

BROOD was composed by RUTMEAT.

RUTMEAT writes:

This work was created by singing with feedback, using effects pedals, playing cymbals with beadwork and some field recordings. April 30th is when I pulled "the sun, it sets on the empire" through my body by using my voice in this way. The words are from a work by Dzawada'enuxw artist, Marianne Nicholson, who has consented to me referencing her 2017 work, The Sun is Setting on the British Empire. I want to talk about the blockades that were in Vancouver this winter in support of Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs (law and governance system that is older than what is now known as Canada). I want to talk about ongoing colonial violence, genocide and hope. About Black and Indigenous communities showing up for each other and demanding more than performative allyship from yt and POC settlers. Talk about how resource extraction always brings ripples of violence. I want to talk about how a generation of Indigenous youth called to shut Canada down and then covid struck. I want to talk about labour that is expected of Indigenous femme presenting people to educate those around them. And I will, with my communities. 

In the words of Ta'kaiya Blaney, "We are the land protecting itself."

I would like to acknowledge all those who are holding grief right now. Would like to acknowledge those who are doing labour that feels unseen. Acknowledge those who are nurturing their communities. I would like to acknowldge my parter Lindsay Mckinnon (they/them).

RUTMEAT (they/them) is a Gwich'in, queer sounder, currently living in the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh peoples.

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