Samqwan (Sarah Prosper)

Sept 23

Sarah Prosper

Wisunn na Sarah Prosper (she/they/nekmow), Mikmaw/L’nu e’pite’s of the We’kwistoqnik (Eskasoni) Mi’kmaq First Nation. Amalkewinu (dancer) holds a BSc in Therapeutic Recreation, is a Masters in Leisure Studies student, and a proclaimed community artist of the Wabanaki east coast.

Prosper’s practice encompasses an Indigenous/Mi’kmaq lens that deepens the threads of respect and reciprocity to dance, movement, social sciences, social justice, mental health & the land. Prosper’s community work varies in community need. Often, she shares her curated workshop “Moving in Mi’kma’ki.”

Prosper collaborates, creates, and moves with ms+t no’kmaq, all her relations, in a fluid identity uplifting pursuit. Prosper was recognized with a 2022 Nova Scotia Indigenous Artist Recognition Award and performs and creates on National stages in collaboration with world-renowned artists.


Spotlight Project

Samqwan is the Mi’kmaq word for water and this multi-disciplinary show, created and choreographed by Eskasoni artist Sarah Prosper, inspires and welcomes you to experience the value of water from an indigenous perspective; its sacredness, purposes, and to show the gift of walking in two worlds but also the responsibilities.

This show was originally performed at the Highland Arts Theatre and The Neptune Theatre. This recorded performance will be screened at the Drive-In event on Thursday as well as screened as part of the art-at-night festival.

Land Acknowledgement

With construction still underway in Downtown Sydney, the festival will be hosted at Eltuek Arts Centre for this year. In line with Eltuek Arts Centre's land acknowledgment, we recognize that this festival occurs on the traditional and unceded ancestral territories of the Mi'kma'ki people.

Eymu'ti'k Unama'ki, newte'jk l'uiknek te'sikl Mi'kmawe'l maqamikal mna'q iknmuetumitl. Ula maqamikew wiaqwikasik Wantaqo'tie'l aqq I'lamatultimkewe'l Ankukamkewe'l Mi'kmaq aqq Eleke'wuti kisa'matultisnik 1726ek.

Eltuek Arts Centre is in Unama'ki, one of the seven traditional and unceded ancestral districts of the people of Mi'kma'ki. This territory is covered by the Treaties of Peace and Friendship which the Mi'kmaq first signed with the British Crown in 1726.

Ketu'-keknuite'tmek aqq kepmite'tmek ula tela'maiultimkip wjit maqamikew ta'n etekl mtmo'taqney. Ula tett, ula maqamikek, etl-lukutiek l'tunen aqq apoqntmnen apoqnmasimk aqq weliknamk Unama'ki.

We wish to recognize and honour this understanding of the lands on which we reside. It is from here, on these lands, that we work to create and support a culture of self-reliance and vibrancy on Unama'ki (Cape Breton Island).