3 Dec 2020
Please note this is an online event hosted on the video-sharing platform YouTube.
These events are free however donations are greatly appreciated.
Celebrate the cultural diversity of the Arctic and its importance to us all at this special Online Late, presented in partnership with Border Crossings' ORIGINS Festival.
COVID-19 and the climate crisis are changing our way of life, offering a unique opportunity to pause, reflect and look at our world from new perspectives. What can we learn from the Indigenous Peoples who live alongside the melting ice?
Listen to stories from extraordinary Arctic artists, poets and musicians. The evening includes back-to-back performances streamed directly from the Museum's Great Court, including music by Indigenous Sámi band Vassvik, Inupiaq/Tlingit storytelling from Ishmael Angaluuk Hope, performance poetry by Taqralik Partridge and much more. Hear the resonant Sámi yoik, move to the bold drum song of the Inughuit and encounter a mask dancer as she weaves her path through the Museum.
Presented in partnership with Border Crossings' ORIGINS Festival. Border Crossings are supported by Arts Council England and the High Commission of Canada.
Part of the public programme accompanying the Citi exhibition Arctic: culture and climate at the British Museum (22 October 2020 – 21 February 2021).
To attend this online event
Click 'Book now' to register on the platform Eventbrite, where you will then receive updates from event partner Border Crossings. We will be hosting the live-streamed event on the Museum's live events YouTube channel – subscribe to watch other events in the series.
About the performers
Caitlyn Baikie is an Inuk from Nain, Nuntsiavut living in Gatineau, Canada. Through a decade of work experience, Caitlyn has published peer reviewed articles on Arctic social and physical sciences, has presented at various National and International conferences, and managed education programmes for Inuit youth on International ship based expeditions. Caitlyn now works for the Ottawa-based national advocacy organisation Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami as a Policy Advisor. In 2015, CBC (Canada's national broadcasting organisation) named Caitlyn as one of the top five Indigenous leaders under 30 to watch, and in 2017 Corporate Nights named her one of Canada's top 30 under 30 sustainability leaders.
Elisabeth Heilmann Blind
Elisabeth Heilmann Blind is originally from Sisimiut in Greenland but has lived in Northern Sweden for 30 years. She was educated as an actress at the Tukak Theater in Denmark from 1983 to 1988, of which two years' studies were in Butoh Dance and Noh Theatre in Japan. Elisabeth works as a freelance actress and a mask dancer, and has worked in a number of different theatres including Sweden's Giron Sámi Teáhter. She now also teaches with her workshops in Liberating Dance and Greenlandic Mask Dance all over Scandinavia, Greenland and other parts of the world, as well as lecturing in various contexts within dance and health.
Hivshu (meaning 'the voice of Arctic') is an Inuk of Inughuit nationality, from the northernmost natural settlement of the world in Siorapaluk, Greenland. Here live the last people you see before the North Pole. Hivshu is an author, storyteller and drum singer, raised up as a hunter and keeper of Inughuit heritage. He portrays life and the native Inuit wisdom, worldview, ancient traditions and social values of the Arctic.
Ishmael Angaluuk Hope
Ishmael Angaluuk Hope is a Tlingit and Inupiaq storyteller, poet and scholar who lives in Juneau, Alaska. Recent writing projects include his first collection of poetry, Courtesans of Flounder Hill, and Kisima Ingitchuna: Never Alone, a video game produced by the non-profit Cook Inlet Tribal Council that provides educational and social services to Native Alaskan people.
Kiliii Yuyan is an award-winning Arctic photographer who illuminates the hidden stories of polar regions, wilderness and Indigenous communities. Informed by ancestry that is both Nanai/Hèzhé (Siberian Native) and Chinese-American, he explores the human relationship with the natural world from different cultural perspectives. Kiliii is a 2020 NiaTero Storytelling fellow, Pulitzer Centre grantee, and one of PDN's 30 Emerging Photographers in 2019. His work has been exhibited worldwide and his public talks inspire others about photography, Indigenous perspectives and wilderness around the globe. Though based in Seattle, he can be found across the circumpolar Arctic for much of the year.
Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory is a Greenlandic mask dancer and contemporary performance artist based in Iqaluit, and a rising star in contemporary Indigenous theatre and Inuit performance. Laakkuluk is interested in the bodily effects of feminism, the physical aspects of using her political voice and the artistic value of playing with each of these concepts. Well recognised in both Canada and Greenland, Laakkuluk has travelled much to collaborate and perform with many other artists. In 2019 she performed Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools as part of the Indigenous Contemporary Scene at the Edinburgh festival. She is a founding member and organiser of Qaggiavuut, a performing arts space in Nunavut, Canada, and currently works there as the Artistic Director.
Taqralik Partridge is a writer, spoken word poet and curator originally from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik (Canada), now living in Kautokeino, Norway. Partridge's writing focuses on both life in the north and in southern urban centres, as well as the experiences of Inuit. Her performance work has been featured on CBC (Canada's national broadcasting organisation) Radio One, and she also incorporates throat singing into her live performances. She has toured with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under Kent Nagano and with Les Productions Troublemakers under the direction of La Cinémathèque québécoise composer Gabriel Thibaudeau. Her short story Igloolik, published in Maisonneuve magazine, won first prize in the 2010 Quebec Writing Competition and has been published in Swedish and French.
Torgeir Vassvik is a Norwegian Sámi musician and composer from the northernmost point of the Norwegian mainland in Sápmi, Gamvik in Finnmark. Vassvik has been making music since he was nine. A keeper and renewer of the coastal music tradition and identity, he combines yoik and overtone singing with drumming, traditional instruments, and nature sounds. His band VASSVIK have played concerts across Europe and in Japan.