DAWNLAND

DAWNLAND by Kevin Kerr & Collaborators

“For me the image of a colonization that didn’t happen is a compelling starting place for an exploration of searching for routes to disentangling the forces of our past.” – Kevin Kerr

The vision is for a collaboration between non-Indigenous artists and Indigenous artists in creating, not only a new work (or works) for the stage, but also inventing the very process by which the work will be created.

About the impulses behind Vinland, Kevin writes,

“Many years ago, I travelled to the farm in northern Iceland where my Great Grandparents left to come to Canada. I discovered it was also the burial place of a far more ancient ancestor of mine: a great grandfather (27 generations back) who was born on the East Coast of North America around 1000 C.E. His stay in what is now Canada would ultimately be short lived as his mother and the other explorers discovered that, unlike Iceland or Greenland, this rich landscape was already inhabited, possibly by ancestors of the Wabanaki Confederacy: Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, Abenaki, Penobscot, and Paassamoquoddy, who today call the land Wabanahkik (English translation: Dawnland). For me the image of a colonization that didn’t happen is a compelling starting place for an exploration of searching for routes to disentangling the forces of our past.”