The Experience

The Experience For First Nation artist, activist, and musician Alan Syliboy, stories are the thread that ties the Mi’kmaq people together, making them aware of their identity and place in the world.

Thundermaker is inspired by the recently discovered Mi’kmaq legend of "The Stone Canoe".

In this exhibition Alan tells the story of the Thundermaker through traditional artistic techniques and multimedia. A circle of illustrated panels greets the visitor. The panels are based on the childhood of Little Thunder (Kaqtukwaqsis), whose mother teaches him stories that have been passed down from generation to generation.

The visitor is then presented with another circle of images that depict Little Thunder now being taught lessons by his father, Big Thunder. Little Thunder is learning to become a provider and to become the new Thundermaker.

The viewer then enters a tipi and is witness to Little Thunder making thunder for the first time. This last component is presented through projected animation, a medium that Syliboy began working with a few years ago with his two-minute animated NBF film Little Thunder co-created with Nance Ackerman and presented at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, BC, as well as at over forty film festivals around the world


For more information on Alan Syliboy - see more videos, keep in touch, view available work, purchase Red Crane t-shirts and more please visit his website.