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Skawennati: Teiakwanahstahsontéhrha’ | We Extend the Rafters

March 16, 2019 - May 5, 2019

Year 2019 Theme Film, Video & Performance, Indigenous

Born in Kahnawa:ke Mohawk Territory, Skawennati creates Indigenous virtual environments addressing history, the future and change.  Teiakwanahstahsontéhrha’ | We Extend the Rafters frames the machinima The Peacemaker Returns, a futuristic saga set in 3025, yet firmly rooted in the ancestral Haudenosaunee confederation story. This machinima is an animation-style film produced on the virtual reality platform Second Life.  The Peacemaker Returns was designed specifically for children aged 5 to 11 but visitors of all ages are invited to explore traditions and imagine the world of tomorrow in this “museum of the future.”

The bilingual title of the exhibition—in Kanien’kéha (Mohawk) and in English—refers to the action of “extending the rafters” of a longhouse. These traditional Indigenous structures would be lengthened to make room for new generations or even other families. The artist chose this title to encompass the broader notion of acceptance and inclusion of differences, in the spirit of Respect, Unity and Peace.

Family Day

Saturday, May 4th at 1:00-3:00pm

MSVU Art Gallery invites you to time travel with your kids! Visual art facilitators will be on site to offer guided tours and hands-on activities. Free admission and all are welcome!

Teiakwanahstahsontéhrha’ tour benefits from the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts. This exhibition was produced in 2017, by Vox, centre de l’image contemporaine in partnership with  Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC) and Obx Labs, through the financial support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec, the Quebec Ministry of Culture and Communications and the City of Montreal under the Agreement  on the Cultural Development of Montreal, as well as the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th.


Unfortunately, closed captions are not available for the video components of this exhibition but transcripts can be borrowed from Gallery Attendants.