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Aks Gyigyiinwaxl (Water Prayer)

NMique’l Dangeli (Sm Łoodm ‘Nüüsm, Tsimshian), Nick Dangeli (Tim-kyo’o’hl Hayats’kw, Nisga’a, Tsimshian & Tlingit, Haida, Gitxsan, Tsetsaut and Colville Nations)
Canada | 2016 | 4 min | Sm’algyax/Tsimshian with English Subtitles | Experimental

 Sun Oct 21 12:45 PM
TIFF BELL LIghtbox Cinema 1
Part of
Voices from the Western Regions of Turtle Island

This film is a creative mother/son collaboration between Diiłda Noo ada Ługuułgm by Sm Łoodm ‘Nüüsm, Dr. Mique’l Dangeli, and Tim-kyo’o’hl Hayats’kw, Nick Dangeli. It was made in solidarity with efforts to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, to protect the flora beds around Lax U’u’la (Lelu Island), to end transboundary mining, and with all people who are resisting capitalism by challenging resource extraction, defending salmon habitats, and praying with and for water around the world.

Dr. Mique’l Dangeli is a dancer, choreographer, curator, educator, and activist. Her work focuses on cultural resurgence, Indigenous sovereignty, protocol, politics, decolonization, and language revitalization.

Nick Dangeli graduated from the Indigenous Independent Digital Film Program at Capilano University in June 2018. Early in his childhood, he knew his passion was storytelling and at age 15 entered one of his iPhone films into the international short competition at the 2013 Celphim Festival at McGill University and he placed second in the Canadian division.