Nicholas Galanin on "We Dreamt Deaf"
Artist Nicholas Galanin on his work, We Dreamt Deaf. Bonus video from the STORYTELLERS episode.
In We Dreamt Deaf I found a taxidermied polar bear that was shot in the 60s by a white sport hunter
who flew to Alaska particularly the trophy hunt. The bear came from Shishmaref. Shishmaref is a
community that is facing removal due to climate change. There's two different viewpoints of
engagement with place and this work and one is a documented practice of going to communities,
taking collecting, killing, hunting for trophy, and then leaving that community
and the other connection to places spiritually connected and imbalanced, balanced with caring
for and having this respect for not only the animal creatures kingdom species but also for
place and land and water and you know if we look at the track history of what resource extraction
does to environment, does to clean water, does to access to these spaces and places and land.