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 to address concerns related to natural resources and stewardship of the land. In doing so,(re)al-location serves as a catalyst for discourse and social change.
Her process involved several interactive forums that aimed to promote a more sustainable relationship with the environment and one another. This dialogue resulted in the development and production of a foliage pattern—a gift to the community—based upon the unique forest ecosystem of CBHNP. Apparel with this design was worn by project partners, collaborating artists, and audience members during a participatory performance event and celebratory feast at MacIntosh Brook titled The Festival of Stewards.
We invite you to watch the following 22-minute (re)al-location video, and to scroll through the map and galleries for a fuller experience of the Festival of Stewards and Ursula͛s ideas, process, and community collaborations.