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Skeena Reece, MOVE

Skeena Reece, Move. 2010

Tanya Lukin-Linklater, aiya!3

murmur, Tanya Lukin Linklater; photo credit J Proctor and Marc Chalifoux

Tanya Lukin Linklater originates from the Native Villages of Port Lions and Afognak in the Kodiak archipelago of southwestern Alaska.  Based in Northern Ontario, she is a practicing performance artist, choreographer and writer. In 2010 she performed a site specific work at Mapping Resistances curated by Wanda Nanibush in response to the 20th anniversary of the Oka resistance; she also performed on frozen Lake Nipissing, in a train container, and railway station, and presented a new work at the 6th Annual Aboriginal Choreographers Workshop. Her performances in Canada and U.S. occur in reflecting pools, university campuses, Native villages, galleries and festivals. Tanya’s artistic practice centers often on memory and she experiments with the relationship between the body, sound, song and narrative.  In September, she presented a new experimental work “aiya!” for Native Women in the Arts’ Catalyst Café curated by Wanda Nanabush.  “aiya!” is a sound performance utilizing deconstructed Alutiiq language, experimental song and guttural sounds.

Tanya studied at Stanford University (BA Honors) where she was awarded the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and the Louis Sudler Prize in the Creative and Performing Arts. In 2010 she was awarded the Chalmers Professional Development Grant by Ontario Arts Council. Her additional training includes dance at the Banff Centre of the Arts, Mile Zero Dance (Edmonton) and the centre for Indigenous Theatre (Toronto).  She received her masters in Education in 2004 from the University of Alberta.