Art meets science at Kluane Park residency in close proximity to Haines Junction

Teagyn Aatagwéix’i Vallevand is a present-day beadwork artist. She’s completing a residency at the Kluane Analysis Station this thirty day period. (Courtesy/Teagyn Aatagwéix’i Vallevand)
Teagyn Aatagwéix’i Vallevand makes earrings, jewellery and more from natural materials. (Courtesy/Teagyn Aatagwéix’i Vallevand)Teagyn Aatagwéix’i Vallevand helps make earrings, jewellery and far more from pure components. (Courtesy/Teagyn Aatagwéix’i Vallevand)
Teagyn Aatagwéix’i Vallevand is a citizen of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation. (Courtesy/Teagyn Aatagwéix’i Vallevand)Teagyn Aatagwéix’i Vallevand is a citizen of the Kwanlin Dün 1st Country. (Courtesy/Teagyn Aatagwéix’i Vallevand)
During her residency, Teagyn Aatagwéix’i Vallevand says she’s been inspired by the mountain views and the presence of water in the Kluane region. (Courtesy/Teagyn Aatagwéix’i Vallevand)During her residency, Teagyn Aatagwéix’i Vallevand says she’s been impressed by the mountain views and the existence of drinking water in the Kluane area. (Courtesy/Teagyn Aatagwéix’i Vallevand)

Teagyn Aatagwéix’i Vallevand suggests she packed for the Kluane artist residency the exact way Scooby Doo’s Daphne packs for ghost hunts — with towering stacks of baggage. The variance is Aatagwéix’i’s luggage are comprehensive of beads relatively than heels and purple miniskirts.

“I brought a absurd sum of art to operate on although I was listed here,” states Aatagwéix’i more than the telephone from Haines Junction. “[The residency programmers] have been like, ‘Don’t experience force to make a sure thing,’ so I was like, ‘Ok, perfectly, I much better convey 15 distinct points to operate on, and I’ll figure out what I want to make from there’.”

So she tossed everything she could believe of into her truck when she left Whitehorse for the Kluane Countrywide Park Artist in Residence Method this thirty day period.

The system is a partnership between the Yukon Arts Centre (YAC) and the Arctic Institute of North America’s Kluane Lake Investigate Station. It allows artists to commit two weeks at the investigation station, positioned on Kluane Lake (also recognized as Lhù’ààn Mânʼ).

Aatagwéix’i, a citizen of the Kwanlin Dün To start with Country, is a person of 4 artists chosen for 2023 and 2024, together with Christine Koch, Misha Donohoe and Bettina Matzkuhn.

“Aatagwéix’i had an remarkable software,” suggests Mary Bradshaw, director of visual arts at YAC. “It was thoughtful and thrilling how she brings jointly common understanding with her artwork and connection to the land — in individual wanting at medicines found in Kluane.”

Bradshaw claims the software also introduced up Aatagwéix’i’s intent to speak to researchers about those vegetation to support information her aim.

That arts and science collaboration is a significant aspect of the residency. Not only do artists have actual physical accessibility to Kluane Countrywide Park and Reserve, they also have access to the experts who check out the station from close to the world to study the area’s glaciology, biology, botany, hydrology, climatology, anthropology and additional.

This thirty day period, Aatagwéix’i states a team of scientists is finding out crops in coastal northern places. She appreciates the possibility to have that scientific point of view on the natural landscape. Nevertheless she’s maintaining her thoughts open up to opportunities that may possibly crop up when attending the residency, she arrived to the station with a single notion in mind.

“I surely was wondering I required to do a large medication bag of some kind due to the fact it seriously ties into arts and science from a cultural standpoint,” she states. “But possibly the design I pick will be various than what I was originally imagining.”

She wishes to work the mountains, water or the Kluane Glacier into her structure, while she’s not very certain how just nonetheless.

Of all her mediums (Aatagwéix’i also does Ravenstail weaving, formline and carving), she likes beading best because of the independence it allows to experiment with ideas like the medicine bag.

“I’m certainly a up to date visual artist,” she claims. “I like to combine standard models and techniques with present day twists.”

With beadwork, she says she can bead a Barbie brand if she wants to. She couldn’t do that with a lot more regular sorts like weaving.

“I imagine it is significant that you move individuals [traditions] down. But I like getting the adaptability as a up to date beadwork artist, getting ready to have exciting and showcase who I am as a 1st Nations individual in today’s modern society though also reflecting back on my cultural roots.”

Aatagwéix’i states a emphasize of the residency will be the three workshops she’s providing. In addition to a medicine bag workshop and a beaded cuff workshop, she’s most enthusiastic about a pattern-making workshop for To start with Nations citizens.

The goal is to information contributors by way of building beadwork designs for their have family members that can be employed to adorn vests and other parts.

Some households have patterns that have been passed down via generations, she claims, but some others have nothing.

“I know, acquiring experienced relatives users go to household universities, and all of household colleges and colonization, a ton of people missing these styles, or they have been taken from them, or they just really do not have all those skills,” suggests Aatagwéix’i. “Being equipped to give that back again, I imagine, will be really great and pretty empowering for contributors.”

The medicine bag workshop is drop-in although supplies previous. It will take spot at Mät’àtäna Män (also recognised as Kathleen Lake) on July 29 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The beaded mountain cuff workshop will be held Aug. 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It normally takes place at Thechàl Dhâl’ Visitor Centre. Contributors can sign-up for a single of 13 confined places by contacting 867-634-5235.

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