Rebecca Belmore -Ayum-ee-aawach Oomama-mowan: Speaking to Their Mother (1991)

This work was developed in response to the 1990 “Oka Crisis,” or Kanien’kehaka resistance, when the Canadian army violently suppressed a small Mohawk Nation trying to defend its ceremonial and burial grounds from becoming a golf course. It was first used in 1991 in a meadow in Banff National Park where people’s voices, spoken through the megaphone, would echo back nine times. In 1992, Belmore toured the work across Canada to a number of sites where Indigenous land claims were being asserted and justice was being demanded.

Here is a short video that features some of her work, Speaking to Their Mother can be seen at 2:13:


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