Pick up a copy of The Back of the Turtle by Thomas King at the Sarnia Library; copies will be available beginning October 3, 2022 at Sarnia Library. A book discussion will be held at the Sarnia Library at 2:00PM on Wednesday, November 30th, and then will move to the Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery for a tour of the From Skyworld to Cyberspace exhibition.
The Back of the Turtle
In The Back of the Turtle, Gabriel returns to Smoke River, the reserve where his mother grew up and to which she returned with Gabriel’s sister. The reserve is deserted after an environmental disaster killed the population, including Gabriel’s family, and the wildlife. Gabriel, a brilliant scientist working for DowSanto, created GreenSweep, and indirectly led to the crisis. Now he has come to see the damage and to kill himself in the sea. But as he prepares to let the water take him, he sees a young girl in the waves. Plunging in, he saves her, and soon is saving others. Who are these people with their long black hair and almond eyes who have fallen from the sky?
From Skyworld to Cyberspace
In this exhibition, artist Skawennati (Mohawk, turtle clan) gathers a number of works which, together, trace a line from our place of origin somewhere in the heavens to the virtual realm, one of the newest territories on Earth. The line sometimes curves, sometimes becomes invisible, but along it are Onkwehonwe—Indigenous people—alive and kicking. From Skyworld to Cyberspace is a result of Skawennati’s continuous investigation of cultural construction, contemporary Indigenous self-representation in cyberspace, and of our relationships with the digital world.