ᑲᓇᒋᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ  Kanacicikewin – Cleanse

This photo of sage burning was taken on a trip, my mother and I took to the mountains.

Produced by Skye Demas – Good Women New Work Award Winner

What Is the Inspiration For Your Piece?

(The seed of inspiration)

The inspiration for my piece stems from my cultural background and teachings. I am of Cree descent, and this piece focuses on my take of how we cleanse through smudging. Our mind, heart, spirit and physical being cleanse with our prayers to the Creator. I took a lot of physical inspiration from the way the sage burns, as well as the actual smoke we see moving through the air. Within the smudging, how we ask for guidance from our ancestors and animal brothers and sisters was also in mind while creating movement.

What Point In Process Is Your Piece At?

(What stage of growth is your piece at, sapling, sprout, tree, shrub, whatever you feel)

My piece has sprouted quite a bit from my initial inspiration dance that was performed a few months ago. I have researched and played around with movement for this performance and I’m beyond excited for this opportunity. I would not say the piece is fully bloomed just yet.

Approximate or Estimated Duration: 

5 Minutes

Warnings or Content Advisories


Artist Credits

Performer, Choreographer – Skye Demas

Director – Skye Demas

Sound Design – the song is “Shiver” by Kosh Anade 

Special Thanks:

Good Women Dance Collective

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