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1167 - 10/9/2021 10:43:02 AM  

University Of Guelph Supports Unique Sound Project With Indigenous Perspective

[ Above Photo: A path through the U of G Arboretum, the inspiration behind Inose/Field Trip “sound-walk” project ]

Released For Publication October 1, 2021 

A guided “sound-walk” recording that can accompany you in the woods, the country or the city wherever you are in the world, Inose/Field Trip produced at the University of Guelph invites listeners to reflect deeply on the land we walk upon and the diverse living things we encounter.

Inose” is an Ojibwa word meaning to walk in a certain way, to a certain place.

Inose/Field Trip is an initiative of U of G’s Guelph Institute of Environmental Research (GIER) and its Imagining Climates project, with support from the University Arboretum and the College of Arts.

Created by Indigenous theatre artist Yolanda Bonnell in collaboration with Dr. Jesse Popp, U of G Chair in Indigenous Environmental Stewardship, the 26-minute sound piece is a walking meditation that encourages special attention to what we hear, see, feel and think about the land.

[ Photo:Inose/Field Trip organizers meet in the U of G Arboretum ]

Soundscapes are by Guelph artist  Dawn Matheson, with production by Natasha Greenblatt, a creative Writing MFA student and theatre artist.

GIER supported the project through its Small Grants and Matching Funds programs, said Dr. Madhur Anand, GIER director and professor in U of G’s School of Environmental Sciences: “Inose/Field Trip combines several of our strategic areas, including interdisciplinary environmental knowledge creation and mobilization, and Indigenous systems.”

Anand said the project can be experienced anywhere in the world and highlights the global nature of environmental crises such as biodiversity decline and climate change.

Inose/Field Trip was inspired by its creators’ time spent in the arboretum, which has posted QR codes to access the project. Visit the Imagining Climates website for more information and to experience the piece.

Imagining Climates has hosted a series of virtual cross-disciplinary climate discussions as well as the Inose/Field Trip during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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