04 Jordan Bennett

Mi'kmaq interdisciplinary artist, Canada http://www.jordanbennett.ca/
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JORDAN BENNETT, CANADA. jilaqami'gno'shoe, 2009  Carved Skateboards  8.6"x 27.5"x1.5" x 2

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Hip hop has filtered into native culture as young people left isolated, poverty-stricken reserves for Canada's city streets. You see that cultural migration between city and reserve – known as 'the churn' – in Beat Nation. Skateboards turned into snowshoes by Jordan Bennett (Mi'kmaq), an iPod case by KC Adams, and a cassette Walkman 'indigenized' in felt by Maria Hupfield (Ojibway).

A new exhibit fusing hip hop and native culture has become somewhat of an art sensation in Canada. "Beat Nation: Hip Hop as Indigenous Culture" features more than two dozen artists offering their takes on what it means to be indigenous today.

Sound suffuses Beat Nation. Co-curator Tania Willard (Secwepemc) says the hip hop beat fits naturally into the indigenous worldview. 'We sort of talk about Beat Nation as, not just electronic beats, but also the drum beat and the heart beat,' says Willard. Two turntables carved out of wood scratch out the sound of artist Jordan Bennett learning his native Mi'kmaq language that many have forgotten.

Two turntables carved from wood scratch out the sound of Beat Nation artist Jordan Bennett learning his native Mi'kmaq language.

Mi'kmaq Beothuk Drawings

Mi'kmaq Beothuk Drawings

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TraditionALL Blanket

traditionALL blanket by Jordan Bennet, MikMaq

Artifact Bags

Artifact Bags

Jordans

Jordans

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Mi’kmaq Artifact (Catalog Number: Vans Slip-on Skateboard shoe, Moose Hyde, Beadwork Approx:


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