Both here and in Amazonian Colombia, the turtle is a central figure in many indigenous cosmogonies. Here, the earth was created on the back of a turtle; there, the turtle is the mother of all waters. It is connected to the lunar cycle and to the feminine dimension of life, as much to water as to earth and the stars.
The words Nigamon and Tunai mean “song” in the Anishinaabemowin and Inga languages. NIGAMON / TUNAI is a poetic manifesto by Émilie Monnet and Waira Nina, inspired by the bonds of friendship and solidarity between them, and by the exchanges and collaborations they have been developing over the past twelve years between indigenous communities in the North and South.
At the crossroads of friendship and resistance for the protection of water and against extractivism in their respective territories, the two women invite us to a precious sharing nourished by the living knowledge, cosmogonies and struggles that link them. In Canada, mining and oil companies still thrive, while over there, in the Amazon, on the territory of the Inga people, they destroy entire living environments to plunder their resources – including copper, central to Anishinaabe culture.
In NIGAMON/TUNAI, Émilie Monnet and Waira Nina experiment with their voices, their breath and their bodies. Interweaving immersive performance and audio documentary among indigenous knowledge and voices, this new theatrical work reveals fascinating resonances between territories.
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