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Tanya Lukin Linklater

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Tanya Lukin Linklater is Alutiiq, from the Native Villages of Port Lions and Afognak in southern Alaska. She now lives in northern Ontario. She has performed/exhibited her work across North America and beyond.

In Saskatoon, Lukin Linklater, working with local artists and dancers developed a new iteration of her performance, the the. The performance includes a reading, a film component and dance. Based on texts written by the artist, this work addresses her memories of growing up in America in the 1980s. the the examines complexities of race, gender and poverty. The artist’s written piece was catalyzed by the attempted assassination of girls’ education activist Malala Yousafzai in 2012 and the film features choreography based on portrayals of childhood in film. The performance incorporates a recitation in Cree by Saskatoon educator Randy Morin, and contemporary dance, featuring Saskatoon dancers Kyle Syverson, Karla Kloeble, and Marcus Merasty.

Curated by Troy Gronsdahl, Associate Curator (Live Programs)