First American Art Magazine No. 22, Spring 2019 - Page 19

SEVEN DIRECTIONS above Animation still from Molly from Denali. Courtesy of PBS Kids. above, right Holly Nordlum (Iñupiaq) and S.J Norman prepping participant for her tattoo. Photo: Ricardo Martinez Roa. opposite, top Melissa Shaginoff. Photo: Jason Ordaz. Unless otherwise noted, all images courtesy of the author. opposite, below Rebecca Lyon (Dena’ina-Alutiiq), Counting on Liberty, 2016, mixed media, part of the Place of Origin exhibition. Image courtesy of the Anchorage Museum. EAST: At the start of 2019, a congregation of Indigenous performance artists from Australia, New Zealand (Aotearoa), Canada, and the United States met in Lenapehoking, in the East Village of New York. In a series of performances, discussions, workshops, and ceremonies titled First Nations Dialogues, the Global First Nations Performance Network (GFNPN) was formed. The GFNPN is a network focused on cross-cultural exchange through various forms of Indigenous performance. In a collaboration, artist and curator Emily Johnson (Yup’ik) and artist Holly Nordlum (Iñupiaq) brought Inuit tattooing to Koori artist S.J Norman’s performance, Cicatrix 1 (that which is taken/that which remains). Norman developed the performance and invited Holly to into collaboration. During the performance Holly then gave consenting participants a tattoo on their index finger or their non-dominant hand. This subtle mark, influenced by Norman, was an internal and external act of memory. Koori- Lebanese writer Mykaela Saunders performed a simultaneous bloodletting ritual. Both the tattoo and bloodletting drew partic- ipants into a contemplative space between the reembrace of the SPRING 2019 | 17