Atlakima Performance at Talbot Rice Gallery

Documentation of the first Atlakim (Dance of the Forest Spirits) performance outside of British Columbia, curated as part of the Pine’s Eye exhibition in Edinburgh in February 2020.

The event is introduced by Patricia Nolie who tells the story of the Atlikima. She explains how the dances, which are passed down hereditary generations through treasure boxes, allow participants to enter into the world of the ancestors. The Atlakim dance is part of Hereditary Chief William Hawkins Box of Treasures and was performed by ten members of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation.

Hereditary chief Alan Hunt introduces the dance in song, blessing the floor and guests with white feathers before leading the dance with his drum and voice. After the first sequence of dances Alan explains some of the sacred and cosmological aspects of the dances and the hereditary, marriage and naming traditions of the Kwakwaka’wakw houses and clans. Later Alan tells the story of Baxbakwalanuxsiwae, the man-eater at the North End of the World, whose story is central to the Hamatsa tradition. Alan and Patricia then explain the importance of the central fire for potlatch ceremonies in the Big House.

Alan and Patricia are both members of the Hamatsa secret society whose regalia they wear.

BC Time-Slip Cannibal Metaphysics Talk (Pt.2)

This talk was given at Space Studios, Hackney in May 2019 as part of the Morphologies of Invisible Agents exhibition organised by SMRU (Social Morphologies Research Group).

In it I draw out correlations between Philip K. Dick’s VALIS revelations; the significance of the Ichthys symbol; temporal rupture and paranormal communication; insatiable hunger; the rites of the Hamatsa; and inter-species cannibal kinship.

This is the second half of a talk I originally gave during the BC Time-Slip residency at Dynamo Arts Association, Vancouver in August 2016.