Councillor Cathie Jamieson and the New Credit Cultural Committee are seeking a permanent home for the beautiful mural used in the “Ring of Fire” performance art piece during the 2015 PanAm Games in Toronto.
The mural, which was hanging in the Old Council House for perusal during the 30th annual Three Fires Homecoming and Traditional Pow Wow in August, came down on September 9th but for those who haven’t seen it yet, Councillor Jamieson is looking for a permanent spot to display the mural.
The community centre is one idea she’s floating around.
Consisting of masks, shawls, posters and art centered on the Seven Grandfather teachings, the mural items were used in a performance procession throughout the streets of Toronto during the 2015 PanAm Games.
Commissioned by the York University art gallery, with international artist Marlon Griffith, the mural focused on the inclusion of all indigenous groups.
The collaborators of the project wanted to work with a First Nation, and since MNCFN was the host of the games, that’s how New Credit got involved.
Items from the mural were part of a two-hour procession consisting of 300 people from Queen’s Park, in elaborate regalia, following the Seven Grandfather teachings, to City Hall.
Councillor Jamieson said the project focused on the fact that all peoples have core values, whether it’s the Ten Commandments or the Seven Grandfather teachings.
The Ring of Fire project centered around the Anishinaabe Seven Grandfather Teachings:
Wisdom, Courage, Respect, Honesty, Humility, Truth, and Love.
This groundbreaking, large-scale, long-term participatory art project was the culmination of a trans-cultural and inter-disciplinary collaboration between individuals, groups, and organizations from across the Greater Toronto Area and beyond.
“It was a constellation of social movements emerging from deep-rooted traditions, inter-locking circles of performative forms of colonial cultural resistance from across the Americas—from pow wow to capoeira to spoken word to carnival—raising critical awareness around accessibility in solidarity with persons with disabilities,” noted Griffith. “’Ring of Fire’ was a living line and a symbol of endurance, solidarity, and social awakening.”