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Sewepagaham: Yôtin

Recorded September 2022

Part six of the 2022 Bridge of Dreams:

Bringing Bridge of Dreams to a close is Sherryl Sewepagaham's fantasy on the wind, "Yôtin." We recorded this with Sherryl singing and drumming, and this is the second piece for which we commissioned a visual representation by Lil'wat artist Sydney Frances Pickering.

About "Yôtin" Sherryl writes: ​

Yôtin (The Wind) was inspired by watching the wind swirl leaves and debris. I reflected on the wind, realizing that it can be gentle, playful, demanding, fierce, or biting. Traditional Cree teachings about wind teach that the wind carries prayers and songs to others or the Creator. Yôtin honours the wind and the gifts it brings.

Pickering writes:

This video is a landscape interpretation of Sherryl Sewepagaham’s “Yôtin”. The video footage in this piece was taken of the traditional territory of Lil’wat Nation, BC. I wanted to capture the different transitions of energy the wind can take and how it affects the environment around us, from the pushing of clouds in the sky to the dancing of trees in the forest. The video reflects the increasing intensity of the music, immersing viewers in the calmness of the trees surrounding a stream in the mountains, moving to the surrounding area and upwards beyond human reach, the wind being all-encompassing.


Christina Cichos
Sarah Jo Kirsch
Lucy Smith
Tabitha Brasso-Ernst
Renee Fajardo
Risa Takahashi
Oliver Dalton
Carman J. Price
Taka Shimojima
Jacob Gramit
Steve Maddock
Jaime Yoon


Sherryl Sewepagaham, voice & drum
Sydney Frances Pickering, visuals


Video: Sydney Frances Pickering
Audio Engineer: Don Harder
Audio Producer: Joanna Dundas
Associate Producer: Jacob Gramit

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