Space & Installation
October 29, 2016 - March 2017
Presented by Jolene Rickard
The earthwork installation, Ah-Theuh-Nyeh-Hah: The Planting Moon, created by the artist Associate Professor Jolene Rickard (Tuscarora) is a site-specific artwork, performance, and the model of an embodied Indigenous research methodology that are contextualized and can be accessed through the smart phone media application. The installation is based on the Haudenosaunee agricultural and cosmological knowledge. It incorporates the plants, such as corn, beans, squash, tobacco, wild strawberry and sunflower, that are part of the pre-contact biome in this region and that are still grown in Haudenosaunee territories. Heritage seeds collected from the Haudenosaunee communities and planted according to Haudenosaunee tradition at the Plantations’ gardens will then be repatriated back to all six Haudenosaunee communities to complete the cycle of reciprocity as a central Haudenosaunee philosophical tenant.
Through this project the investment of the Haudenosaunee community, their expertise and traditional teachings is positioned in dialogue with the expertise of scholars, such as Professor Rickard, a champion on Indigenous sovereignty and social justice issues in her creative work; Associate Professor Jane Mt.Pleasant (Tuscarora), a soil scientist doing breakthrough research on the nature and productivity of the Haudenosaunee agriculture; Amber Adams, Ph.D. (Mohawk), examining the Haudenosaunee pre-contact biome encapsulated in the Mohawk language and traditional Haudenosaunee narratives; and Urszula Piasta-Mansfield, Ph.D. bringing to light Cornell’s archival holdings of agricultural research conducted in the Haudenosaunee territories in the early 20th c. by Cornell faculty, Professor Erl Bates and celebrate a centennial of his work that led to the establishment of a meaningful and lasting relationship between Cornell and the Haudenosaunee.
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