Everything is Right Here

Adrian Kahgee

2021, 05:54 minutes, No dialogue


In Everything is Right Here, I present my metaphorical survival bag, as influenced by an Anishnaabekwe Elder’s words, ”Everything we need is right here! All we have to do is give thanks.” In giving thanks, we acknowledge that there is an interdependence amongst all our relations. I explore this framework of understanding through my film, which I hand processed using flowers. I chose to work with processing in dandelions, a plant that is not native to my territory, and with trilliums which are indigenous to our territory. At the center of my metaphorical bag is cultural knowledge that is deeply woven into the land and offered up to me in aid, as I navigate and adapt to change. As represented through my dress, made of an emergency survival blanket, I carry and wear that knowledge through change. I accept these gifts and the responsibilities that come with them, for everything I touch, I change.

No dialogue, intermittent bird song, sounds of nature, native drumming and tinkling of the jingle dress.

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