October 16, 1999
Performance Art

About the Program

Ablakela, meaning 'calm' in the Lakota language, is a performance work produced as a live performance, a live internet telecast, and an enhanced audio CD with a CD ROM track. The performance employs a large video projection of Claxton braiding grass live accompanied by singing, drumming, and rattle music by peyote singers Johnny Mike and Verdell Primeaux of the Native American Church. Peyote songs are religious or social music used for healing and ceremonies. The simple, 45 minute work explores Lakota spirituality within a performance art context, blending traditions actions and music in a new ritual which speaks to healing at the end of the 20th century.


1999.1016 ABL


Western Front
303 E. 8th Ave, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V5T 1S1
Unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ/selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations
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