A Mohawk Condolence Ceremony offered for family and friends of Myriam Azoulay (née Laaouan).
Influenced by the art of Norval Morrisseau, an Anishinaabe (Ojibwa) painter, Carolina Echeverria initiated Native-Immigrant, a multiphased art project exploring relationships between immigrants and indigenous people in Quebec. 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 who agreed to enact the ritual.
An alternative film of the event: vimeo.com/ronaldlgrimes/daughters-song
The artist’s web site: carolinaecheverria.ca/
Photos of a Native-Immigrant art show: blurb.ca/b/4711475-native-immigrant-by-carolina-echeverria