The best camera is the one that’s with you.
— Chase Jarvis

Here is a collection of some of my favourite photos that I've taken over the past few months, each with captions that tell their story:

One is always considered mad, when one discovers something that others cannot grasp.
— Ed Wood

I will be updating this section as new productions come out.  For now, here's what I will share:

A short film about about the gesture of braiding, as it relates to our connection with ourselves, our spirits, and our original mother, Mother Earth.

Braiding represents a connection of the mind, body, and spirit--of the past, present, and future--of needs, wants, and desires--of above, below, and centre--etc.When we braid, we connect ourselves to the world around us, and honor our bodies by keeping this connection.  All of this also applies when we braid sweetgrass--one of our four sacred medicines.  

Our medicines help keep us well, and through this relationship, we have a role to take care of the land that we live on.  She feeds us, cares for us, gives us shelter, etc.  Without this relationship, we cannot survive. It is so important that we honor this relationship, and be mindful of how we are taking care of the land.  We must always be moving towards creating balance, and connection, between ourselves, our families, our communities, and our nations with the land we live on.  

#boyswithbraids
#strong
#resilient
#indigenous

Short film on Indigenous knowledge and the environment, highlighting the Walpole Island First Nation (Bkejwanong) community.
A look at the use of Indigenous drumming as it relates to protest.
A short film on Indigeneity within academia. "Finding Where I Belong"

At Duchesnay Falls, North Bay.  Capturing water in slow motion has been a hobby of mine recently.  And elder pointed out to me that if you spend time with moving water, you will be able to see things (ie. faces, animals, etc.) within the stream.  So, ever since receiving that teaching, I've been on the lookout for these kinds of things.  Kinda like 'Where's Waldo', but I don't have to worry that someone's already ruined the surprise by circling Waldo.

Don’t play what’s there, play what’s not there.
— Miles Davis

As avid musician, I tend to play a bit of everything.  I've been noted to be somewhat of an 'idiot savant'.  I have a background in Western classical music, flamenco guitar, electronic music, and traditional Indigenous singing and drumming.  Here's a few videos and audio clips as examples:

Purple Spirit Drum at Munsee-Delaware First Nation.  The song we are singing is an honour song that gives that for all the wisdom that our elders give us.  This song actually came from this drum, and we've been sharing this with other drum groups to use as part of their medicine songs.  It's a beautiful feeling being able to share these gifts with people from far and wide.

At Indigenous Graduation Cermony (2014) - Western University.  We were invited in to sing an opening honour song to open the ceremony.  This was one of our first public performances, and we were proud to sing the American Indian Movement (AIM) song to show solidarity and strength for our graduating students.

A short excerpt of one of the most prominent forms of Flamenco music.  I am fond of this kind of music, but I've never really understood why.  I took lessons in this for about a year in my adolescence, and for whatever reason, it just clicked with me.  The style and timbre of flamenco is highly syncopated (like jazz), and I really enjoy all the passion that goes into the performance of this style of music.

An oldie', but a goodie.  This is a Cree Round Dance song that has been around for many, many years.  I'm not sure anyone really knows who originally made this song, but it has certainly captured the hearts of millions of people since its creation.  It's one of my favourites to sing and dance to, and will always put a smile on my face.  The elders like it too, probably because it's so familiar.