When Yami Met Judy: Yamina Mazat Morales and Judy Bernard Julian, with Janette Fecteau
Fri, Sep 10 at 6:30pm
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What happens when two strong, vibrant, beauty-loving Indigenous women artisans meet across thousands of miles from the Eastern Door of Turtle Island to the heart of Mesoamerica? And after more than 500 years of Mi'kmaw and Maya Kaqchikel endurance, resilience, and resistance to colonialism, racism, genocide, and oppression of culture? When Yami met Judy, from Guatemala to Mi’kma’ki over the magic of the internet, their conversations ignited with the love of art and colour; passion for their Indigenous cultures; and appreciation, understanding, and connection with each other. Join them as they exchange traditional and contemporary artisanal knowledge; stories of life on the territories in which they are rooted; and reflections on their histories and cultures, each unique yet deeply connected through time and space.
Thanks to the All-of-Us Society for Art Presentation (ASAP), the Town of Antigonish, and the Municipality of the County of Antigonish for their support for this project.
BIO: Judy Bernard Julian is an Elder, business owner, and band councilor from Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation. She holds degrees in Anthropology and Native Studies. Judy and her husband Albert Julian loved and raised eight children, and many foster children. Judy has expressed her creativity and culture through many Mi'kmaw art forms over the years, including sewing, beading, moose hair tufting, and leatherwork.
BIO: Yamina Mazat Morales is a highly accomplished and sought-after Maya Kaqchikel weaver in San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala, on the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlán. She is an active community member, and a longtime friend of the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network. The mother of five young adults, Yamina has supported her family through the traditional Mayan art of weaving on a backstrap loom.
BIO: Janette Fecteau is a settler artist, poet, and teacher living in Mi'kma'ki, and a member of the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Solidarity Network.
BIO: Lisa Rankin is a settler and human rights activist from Unama'ki. She lives in Guatemala and works for the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network.