KIINWI DABAADJMOWIN MURAL
In 2002, the library walls of Lloyd S. King Elementary School in The Credit became awash with the colourful history of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. Indigenous artists Philip Cote, Tracey Anthony and Rebecca Baird worked in tandem with students to bring the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation’s Creation story to life in the Kiinwi Dabaadjmowin (“Our Story”) mural. It was through the inspiration of this original art that in March 2015, THE HARMONY COLLABORATION was born. THE HARMONY COLLABORATION’S objectives are to create two new bodies of work that will help increase public awareness and facilitate a greater understanding of the mural and its story.
HARMONY is developing a musical theatre performance entitled FIRST that will express the wisdom contained in the mural through poetry, music and dance. Harmony has commissioned a diverse group of talented artists to create a production that interprets the quest for the recovery of harmony in the world. Through the incorporation of the Anishnaabemowin language with visual, musical and performing arts, the audience experiences the story from the perspective of a child who is being guided and taught by his grandmother. The development of this project includes pre-production workshops in advance of a first full performance in June 2018.
HARMONY is developing an idea for an exhibition ofvv the large-scale charcoal sketches created in preparation for the painting. The sketches will be restored and framed, creating a portable representation of the mural. The framed study sketches will be accompanied by educational materials and displayed in community centres, churches and educational institutions throughout Ontario.
The Harmony Collaboration acknowledges that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. We gratefully dedicate our efforts to them.