Nikamon Ohci Askiy (songs because of the land)
Cheryl L'Hirondelle's commissioned project with grunt has been an ongoing and wonderfully engaging journey. It culminated in a final concert performance and DVD launch on February 7, 2 p.m., at the Celebration Hall of Mountainview Cemetery (5445 Fraser Street).
From December 7, 2008 till December 31, 2008 Cree artist Cheryl L'Hirondelle sang through the streets of Vancouver, B.C. as part of her project Nikamon Ohci Askiy (songs because of the land).
During the month of December, the artist made daily journeys throughout Vancouver and "sang" the landscape she encountered. These encounters were captured by mobile phone by the artist and whatever other technologies are made available by participating viewers/audience (video, photo, audio).
During the live performances, Cheryl sang, recorded and uploaded audio clips to an online database. Each audio clip will be tagged to one or more of the 16 cree values. The clips will automatically be available to online audiences interactively through a rich online media experience available at VancouverSonglines.ca