Drawing from her own autobiography as it meets the politics of Indigenous water-protection and the history of Treaty, Lukin Linklater builds a sculptural structure from floral kohkom scarves to be experienced in relation to movement and text that she will stage as performance within the space.
Making work alongside dancers and composers, Lukin Linklater bases her performances around scores, including poems. These expansive poems evoke her memories of childhood, places, and relationships.
Lukin Linklater draws from interactions with her extended family, Indigenous knowledge, and Alutiiq and Cree embodied experiences on the land to generate her performative practice. Her work often centres on the history of Indigenous peoples’ insistence, continuing this trajectory by communicating and sustaining culture which has been interrupted by colonial violence.
Born 1976, Tanya Lukin Linklater is from the Native Villages of Afognak and Port Lions in southern Alaska, USA, and has lived and worked in northern Ontario, Canada for over a decade. In 2018, Lukin Linklater became the recipient of the inaugural Wanda Koop Research Fund. She is a doctoral candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University.