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  Cheryl l'Hirondelle Waynotêw (Canada)
"awa ka-amaciwet piwapisko waciya"/ "climbing the iron mountains"

I intend on infiltrating highrises [any office bldg, apartment/condo, hotel, hospital etc., over 3 stories] as a commentary on ownership of air. Once inside, I will scale the centre of the buildings stairwell ascending and descending and will leave a chalk tag of cree syllabics saying: e-kisinawatastihk piyesisak ohci as symbolic evidence of this commentary/ reclamation. I will also use low watt radio equipment to broadcast a variety of audio at selected locations as part of this activity. I do this in order to honour and symbolically re-claim the air above the land where these structures currently exist. It is arrogant of governments to zone that which is not theirs! I do this for the birds - it is still their domain! If you can assist me in gaining entry into any buildings, or if you would like to either climb with me, witness the activity, document or if you have some audio you would allow me to air, please email me:

Cheryl l'Hirondelle Waynohtêw is an Alberta born but currently Saskatchewan based, halfbreed multi/interdisciplinary artist (metis / cree - non status/treaty, german). Since the early 80's she's created, performed, collaborated and presented work in a variety of artistic disciplines: performance art, music, theatre, performance poetry, storytelling, video and new media. Since the early 90's she has also worked as an arts programmer, cultural strategist/activist, arts consultant and producer independently and within the national artist-run network, first nations bands and tribal councils, and government agencies. She is currently developing performative physical endurance interventions, is producing interactive projects ( and is one half of the singing duo nikamok.

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