SOVEREIGN NATION is an artist exchange project between Flintlock Theatre and renowned Haida artist, goldsmith, award-winning filmmaker, totem pole and mask carver and activist Gwaai Edenshaw.
Check out the our video postcards below to find out what we've been up to.
SOVEREIGN NATION: Introduction
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Sovereign Nation is part of New Conversations, a programme funded and delivered by the British Council, Farnham Maltings, and the High Commission of Canada with additional support from Arts Council England. It’s a partnership between the Pitt Rivers Museum, Flintlock Theatre and Gwaai Edenshaw, an indigenous artist from the Haida nation. Sovereign Nation centres on the Star House Pole – a Haida totem pole coercively purchased for the Pitt Rivers Museum in 1901, which has been the museum’s centrepiece since its founding.
In July 2019, Anna Glynn and Robin Colyer from Flintlock travelled to Haida Gwaii, an archipelago in the northwest Pacific, to visit the original site of the Star House Pole and to work with Gwaai Edenshaw and other members of the Haida community.
In March 2020, Gwaai Edenshaw will visit Oxford for ten days, working with Anna and Robin to explore ideas about the shared relationship to our colonial past. This research and development process includes a weekend of workshops hosted by Pitt Rivers and Cherwell School.