Ursula Johnson’s (re)al-location engages the Mi’kmaw philosophy of Netukulimk, or self-sustainability, in a shared examination of the ecology of Cape Breton Highlands National Park past, present and future. Working in conversation with various communities, her project aims to (re)locate local knowledge and traditions within the context of contemporary issues and concerns related to natural resources and ideas of stewardship.

Her process will involve several interactive forums that aim to promote a more sustainable relationship with the environment and one another. This dialogue will result in the development and production of a foliage pattern—a gift to the community—based upon the unique forest ecosystem of CBHNP. Items with this new design will be worn by project partners during a participatory performance event and celebratory feast titled “The Festival of Stewards”. Thus the foliage pattern and apparel is the embodiment of establishing new relationships and sharing in the knowledge of proper stewardship of the land.

Ursula Johnson’s (re)al-location takes place June 24th at MacIntosh Brook campground, Cape Breton Highlands National Park. This festival and feast will feature contemporary artist Ursula Johnson with local collaborators in a participatory performance.