Michif Medicines

“My people will sleep for one hundred years. When they awake, it will be the artists that give back their spirit.”

-Louis Riel, Métis leader

Photo by Chris Randle for V’ni Dansi

In 2018 and 2019, Dancing Earth collaborated with V’ni Dansi, a Vancouver-based dance company which specializes in traditional Métis dance and contemporary dance, to dance alive Michif Medicines. We embodied plant medicines and renewal of Métis culture through dance, music, traditional medicine, and attention to nature.

Before our performance at the 2019 Talking Stick Festival, a Métis elder reminded us that our dance helps bring the people’s spirit back, remembering the prophecy of revolutionary Métis leader, Louis Riel.

The COVID-19 Pandemic, pause-bringer that it is, has halted our plans to gather again this summer 2020 to bring the project to its next stage. Yet I believe that artists will continue to give back the people’s spirit in these times, while the medicinal plants offer us their strength and connection to the earth as well.

Michif Medicines

I am honored to be included in this project; though I am not Métis, my heritage is also mixed between European blood and blood of peoples who lived on Turtle Island before colonial contact. It was very moving to bring the Métis sash to my heart, resonating as a Mestiza woman learning to recognize the diverse strength woven together by the blood of my ancestors who have loved and lived on lands oceans apart, all now singing in the sea of me.

Photos by Chris Randle for V’ni Dansi

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