Friday, 06 February 2015 20:15

PKOLS

 

PKOLS is a mountain located in Lekwungen, the traditional territory of the Songhees and Esquimalt people. It's a region I have had the privilege of being a guest for the last four years.

I hike the trails of PKOLS often, and on one particular day I kept hearing singing. As if a huge pow wow drum group were singing a few feet off the trail. I kept pulling out my phone and recording what I was hearing. When I got home, I listened to the different parts and realized they were all parts of the same song.

 

 

Creativity and culture have always been the foundation of my experiences with Tribe of One. Going into the studio to record PKOLS, provided the perfect opportunity to invite some drummers from Standing Nation to join me. Standing Nation is the pow wow drum group based out of the First People's House at the University of Victoria that I've had the honour of drumming with since moving to the territory.

PKOLS is available as a free download HERE.

Rik Leaf is the principal songwriter for Tribe of One, an inter tribal collective of indigenous artists from around the world.


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Wednesday, 16 January 2013 22:25

Idle No More - The Power of Story

 

Idle No More is the movement of the moment. For some it’s a movement they’ve waited their whole lives to see, and for others it’s something that has come out of the blue without warning. For my part I’m excited, because this is an amazing opportunity for the Power of Story to change how we see ourselves and the world around us.

The Story of Canada is the narrative used to explain how we got to where we are today. It’s a powerful Story that’s been used for hundreds of years to explain away the excuses and abuses of power and position. A story full of misdirection, half-truths and outright lies…and it’s starting to unravel. That’s one of the reasons I’m excited…the unraveling of the Story of Canada is an exciting opportunity for storytellers to be Idle No More.

While preachers feverishly preach their version of the truth to the converted and politicians dutifully tow the official party line and corporations desperately cling to outdated business-as-usual solutions, storytellers are free. Free to use the full measure of creativity to tell a new Story…one that can slip in between the cracks of a crumbling façade and let the light fill hearts and minds.

Cause we didn’t just get to where we are by accident. The rampant racism, bigotry, inequality and abuses of power are all part of the Story we were told. The Story that taught settlers how to see indigenous communities and visa versa, the Story told to children, reinforced by parents who repeated what they’d been taught in schools, universities and boardrooms. So while preachers, teachers, politicians and big business certainly have a responsibility and a part to play, Idle No More needs great storytellers to use their creative talents and abilities to engage, empower and educate this country. Storytellers work with the palette of possibilities and have the ability to empower individuals to imagine ways they can be active participants in making the world a better place.

Idle No More is an opportunity to write a new Story, a better one, more generous, honest and true…one that will change the world.

Rik Leaf is the Creative Director for Tribe of One, a performance collective featuring English, French, First Nations and Metis musicians, dancers, painters and poets who fuse the rich heritage of indigenous culture with modern forms of artistic expression.

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