Nuučaan̓uł in the 21st Century, a lecture by Emily Luce & Rodney Sayers.
California Institute of the Arts
Monday 6 October 2014
Observations on the revitalization process of a First Nations language.
The nuu čaa n̓uł language is a First Nations language spoken by approximately 700 speakers on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Evolved out of an oral history, it has only been written down for around one hundred years. Over the past ten years, Rod Sayers (a nuu čaa n̓uł speaker from the Hupač̓asatḥ First Nation) and Emily Luce (designer) have worked together on nuu čaa n̓uł language revitalization and its recorded forms. The talk will discuss cultural and technological influences on this minority language, and the implications for larger conversations in the discipline of design.
Emily Luce is an artist, designer and researcher. Her work looks at issues of mass consumption, population expansion and global society and how these factors influence everyday life.
Klehwetua, Rodney Sayers is a member of the Hupacasath First Nation, from Ahwinnis, now known as Port Alberni B.C. Rod’s practice examines the role of traditional artwork in a contemporary world. He believes that for an art form to remain vibrant, it must evolve and adapt, but remain true to its origins.