There is no need to go into the building if you don’t want to. However, fif you visit the cafe, use the door.In 2011 a young deer made his way from Point Pleasant Park through the South End of the city and crashed through a window into this cafe.
carrying carrion is a short film focusing on the labour required to work a deer hide from skin to leather. This doe was killed by a vehicle near Hammonds Plains, and the artist is learning how to care for it in an ongoing process of Indigenous knowledge reclamation. The deer skin is manually worked through its raw state into braintanned and smoked leather. For the artist, this project exists within a continued practice of understanding her Métis blood memory, building relationships with the Mi’kmaq people whose territory she lives on, and contributing accessible skill sharing resources to the reclamation of a once-ubiquitous practice.
Among countless other skills and practices, traditional tanning processess have largely been lost to cultural genocide and the brutality of capitalist economics prioritizing speed and profit. Through her learning and research, Undine has found community and kinship in a variety of online platforms, such as Instagram, Facebook, and blogs, and recognizes online sources and groups as indispensable tools for cultural reclamation. This project relies on and will contribute to DIY online resources.
Undine Foulds is an Indigenous interdisciplinary artist of Métis and Irish descent, raised in British Columbia. She approaches her world like a puzzle, and uses clay, sound, and video to talk about it. This practice responds to Undine's paternal roots among the Red River Métis and their cultural understanding that art is not separate from everyday life. In an effort to decolonize art spaces and her own thoughts, she is developing an art practice that acknowledges and cares for the relationships from which she becomes real.
Traditionally the Mi’kmaq would have worked with Caribou or Moose hides. Settlers over-hunted the Eastern Moose and Woodland Caribou and then introduced the white tailed deer to Nova Scotia in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The white tailed deer carried with them a brain worm parasite which is fatal to the Caribou and Moose. The EAC is actively working towards the recovery of the endangered mainland moose by working to protect forest habitat and ecosystem connectivity, and championing good policies on biodiversity protection.
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