Celebrated Wabanaki designers dropped jewelry for a new artwork type

A lot more than 20 many years following Penobscot Nation artists Jason Brown and Donna Decontie Brown 1st started producing and marketing jewellery as Decontie & Brown, the pair have hung up their pliers for now in favor of a more expansive, interdisciplinary way of building art.

Soon after the pandemic started out, Jason Brown threw his passion driving Firefly, a multimedia performance artwork challenge that for the earlier two decades has reworked his creative lifestyle. As a result of songs, video clip, dance and manner, Brown generates an immersive stay experience, drawing on ancestral Wabanaki tunes and imagery, but with a futuristic twist.

“It’s Indigenous futurism,” he mentioned. “Many folks believe of Indigenous folks as anything historic, or from the earlier. They don’t see us as current, and they absolutely sure as heck do not see us as futuristic. But we are here, and we will be below. 1 of the factors why I do this is to demonstrate that.”