Native-Immigrant is a Montreal-based arts collective initiated by Carolina Echeverria. It facilitates collaborations among immigrants and indigenous people. Carolina, a Chilean-born Catholic, moved to Montreal and married a Moroccan-born Sephardic Jew. She became friends with Myriam Laaouan, a Muslim immigrant to Canada who converted to marry a Jew. When Myriam died of leukemia, Carolina asked her Mohawk-educator friend Philip Deering whether a Condolence Ceremony would be possible for Myriam’s family. Philip, in turn, approached Francis Boots, a traditional Mohawk practitioner. He agreed to enact the ritual. This is the least edited, most complete documentation of that event.
An alternative film of the event: vimeo.com/ronaldlgrimes/daughters-song
The core of the ceremony: vimeo.com/ronaldlgrimes/condolence
The artist director’s web site: carolinaecheverria.ca/
Photos of a Native-Immigrant art show: blurb.ca/b/4711475-native-immigrant-by-carolina-echeverria