Natalie Sappier-Samaqani Cocahq is a Wolastoqiyik Indigenous multidisciplinary artist from Tobique First Nation. She is known for her contemporary symbolic motif storytelling through painting and designs. Samaqani describes her way of artistic expression as “dancing of the four directions” which represents emotions, dance, of spirit and of song through Wabanaki roots. Currently, Samaqani has been exploring with sharing stories through performance arts because she feels that her stories need to be louder then her painting can speak. Her first play “Finding Wolastoq Voice” was part of New Brunswick’s 2017-2018 touring season. The one-person show is a theatre dance hybrid included a full body of music created by the artist. Finding Wolastoq Voice was the first Wolastoqiyik story from a First Nation playwright of New Brunswick that toured on New Brunswick and National stages. Her creative process of playwright/storytelling is a spiral movement of chant, movement, painting/drawing, writing and spoken word. Sunbury Shores will be the first residency she will be entering to focus on her new performance work Half-Breed. Half-Breed is conversations and stories of people of mixed Indigenous Race and will be a highly collaborative and integrative performance piece that she hopes will influence conversation and create bridges of understanding one’s background and their connections to the lands.
Artist in Residence Schedule:
Sept 11th: Arrival, Gallery/Studio Visit. Set up
Sept 18th: Community Activity (Ages 14 and up) Sharing Circle (Identity/Our Connection to the lands & Waters)
Sept 20th, 6:30pm: Artist Talk, Project in works. Entrance to the talk by donation.
Sept 24th Last day in studio (PM depart)