the land dreams in ceremonies: reparation

the land dreams in ceremonies: reparation

the land dreams in ceremonies: reparation
a relational land-based ceremonial-craft exhibition

nikki manzie

march 7 - april 25, 2024

craft council of bc gallery

artist statement

As Ukrainian diaspora, as uninvited settler-occupier, and as someone in relationship with land, explore through my eyes and experiences…

Then turn to yourself – what is your own:
Relationship to land
To your ancestral blood and bone memory
To the spirits and inhabitants of the land
And to each other?

13 moons ₪ 13 ceremonies ₪ 13 locations ₪ 13 groupings of Ukrainian sacred folk-crafts

Participate in a final ceremony and add your own intentions and good heart.

There is a meeting place:  Mati Zemlya ~ Mother Earth.  We are all born of the earth, within Nature, part of the land (waters, sky…).  The land, the Mother, is a living entity.  She breathes.  She dreams.  She remembers.  Like blood and bone memory stored within you, the land also stores memories – traces or “footprints” of your time spent here, on shared lands.  We co-influence one another through the land, in helpful and not-so-helpful ways.  Where there is trauma held in the history of the land, it affects us all.  And it is the responsibility of each person to do their part to support its healing.

So that’s where I began.  Taking care of my own messes.  My own unconsciousness.  Retracing the steps of all the places I have lived and worked on Vancouver Island.  Campsite clean-up.

Through Ukrainian folk-knowledge and -crafts, along with ceremonies timed by the old calendar (moon cycles – misyats’), I explore the intersection of “tradition” with “direct relationship” with the land, and what it means to root ancestral knowledge in a “good way” in territories where I am an uninvited guest. My methodology includes: deep listening; reading the symbols and signs; dreams; research; relationship-building; mentorship and apprenticeship. 

This exhibit documents my experiences, the resulting crafts, and the progression of personal land reparation ceremonies.  And it asks audiences to engage in the questions and material for themselves.

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artist bio
I have practiced art and fine-craft-making for over 40 years and have been writing for 4 years. I have worked as a therapist and teacher of earth-based spirituality and medicine for over 28 years. The disciplines combine as I explore and integrate the folk traditions and sacred knowledge of my Ukrainian grandparents, particularly the handwork that accompanies life and seasonal rites.

The pieces I create are relational. Relational to the individual or community they are made for; to the lands I, as a guest, live and walk upon; to the spirits and ancestors; and to the materials I work with. I create works to inspire (in others) awareness of relational living… Each piece is crafted in ceremony, with prayers and intentions for the support, empowerment, and well-being of the one who will care-take the piece.
Materials are specifically chosen to express and enhance these prayers and intentions. Often, I work in conjunction with individuals to tailor pieces to their needs.