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  • Kim Senklip Harvey

even the Neanderthals made art kim.


My Pa just sent me this article. I thinks he might be trying to tell me something...

My Dad is super into our history, it's pretty inspiring and awesome to watch and I feel fortunate to get to learn from him about where we come from. We got him the Nat Geo DNA test a few years back and that is the gift that just keeps on giving - if Nat Geo finds new info on their study - they put it into your online portfolio for freeee.

You get to know how much Neanderthal you are - and yo we all part Neanderthal. When I say something stupid I internally curse that plight of my origin. Although, they say that by the Neanderthals and the Homo sapiens breeding, it is in part why we are here today, the joining of the bloodlines gave us immunity to a lot of harmful diseases.

Word to our old species.

Anyways, it's really wild that my Pa sent me this article when he did because I was coming back from a ballet - Romeo and Juliet - as boujee as that sounds, it was a free ticket with a free ride, from a friend. On my "year of creative thinking" I've been consciously trying to immerse myself into as many different forms of art and storytelling as I can, because I feel like we never know where our artistic impulses come from and people are out there doing some dope ass shit and when it's not dope, there's dope things to learn.

Museums

Book readings

Poetry slams

Performance art

Condo art crawls

Live music

Dining

Ballet

Fashion shows

Mulit-media anything

Stomp

Elementary school holiday concerts

Okay the last two are a bit cheeky but like remember Stomp?! Jeeeez that made a lot of people go buck wild. And I actually went to a children's school concert in Aotearoa in December and it was the best thing I've experienced in a long time. I found it particularly entertaining when one kid looked like he had never even seen his classmates before, forget the song he was suppose to be singing. So much story it was such a fulfilling experience! They even did stomp!

I think being in the rehearsal hall, at artistic events and with other artistic question askers is the best place for me to be right now. Which is also why I'm super pumped to share that I was accepted into the 2018 Banff Playwrights Lab. I'm excited I get to spend some time focusing on Kamloopa and I'm even more pumped to be around the cohort. Check out the 2018 crew here.

I'm dedicating this adventure to the ancestors - the sisters painting shells for our necklaces and red cricles on the cave walls 115, 000 years ago.

I feel you ancestors.


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