PAULINE OLIVEROS: THE FIRST 50 YEARS, VIDEO EDITING: KRISTINA WOLFE, MUSIC :Pauline OLIVEROS, CONCEPT : LINDA MARY MONTANO
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He was always running around with a hammer trying to flatten round and curvy things (soup bowls, eggs, wagon wheels, etc.), thus making them straight.MONTANO SAYS:
For people who are as poor as us, who have lost everything, who had to endure so much death and sadness, laughter is a precious gift. When we were dying like flies from white man's disease, when we were driven into reservations, when the government rations did not arrive and we were starving, watching the pranks and capers of Heyókȟa were [sic] a blessing.
CHICKENARAMRA by Linda Mary Montano. Chickens were once dinosaurs. Now they mentor "How to Focus."
Only those who have had visions of the thunder beings of the west can act as heyokas. They have sacred power and they share some of this with all the people, but they do it through funny actions. When a vision comes from the thunder beings of the West, it comes with terror like a thunder storm; but when the storm of vision has passed, the world is greener and happier; for wherever the truth of vision comes upon the world, it is like a rain. The world, you see, is happier after the terror of the storm.
MONTANO SAYS: Had I had indigenous training in otherness, had I danced Chicken dances with soft moccasins as a child, had I been sent to a menstral hut at 13 for a week to live with other mensrating women and girls, had I been encouraged to ask for a vision in my private hilltop quest, had I ridden bareback and had my hair braided by elders, then my choice for using live chickens as material/theme/subject for my art would have seemed more natural and less disconcerting to both myself, my audience, the faculty and administration of the art school which removed my three, four by eight foot chicken wire cages with three chickens in each cage nine total. That's what I had to do when wealthy patron-donors toured the new art department building and I was told, "They just won't understand showing chickens as art, Linda. Please take them away. " I had by then gotten my MFA so I gave the chickens to the janitor. Boo Hoo, had I known that I was a Heyoka, I would have gotten in the cage myself with them and refused to move!
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++In Lakota mythology, Heyókȟa is also a spirit of thunder and lightning. He is said to use the wind as sticks to beat the drum of thunder. His emotions are portrayed opposite the norm; he laughs when he is sad and cries when he is happy, cold makes him sweat and heat makes him shiver. In art, he is depicted as having two horns, which marks him as a hunting spirit.