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Cannupa Hanska Luger: We Live: Future Ancestral Technologies Entry Log

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In Future Ancestral Technologies, an ongoing series based in myth, science fiction, and Indigenous futurism, Luger challenges us to imagine a future where humans restore their bonds with the earth and each other by reclaiming and recontextualizing the technology of his ancestors and placing the past and the future in dialogue.


Cannupa Hanska Luger, 2019
We Live, audio/video, 2019. Art direction, regalia design/construction, poetry and sound composition: Cannupa Hanska Luger. Videographer/Video editing: Dylan McLaughlin

-We Live is both an entry log from a time/space jump and documentation of a performative land-based action. Wearing sensory muting regalia, the figures use their physical presence to pledge accountability to the land and waters affected by resource extraction and industry. This video illustrates how Future Ancestral Technologies approaches Indigenous futurism, blending media, place, storytelling and documentation of a living practice. As a short film, it communicates the ethos of Future Ancestral Technologies while evidencing the live actions that the work requires.

Artist Bio
Cannupa Hanska Luger Headshot

Cannupa Hanska Luger is a multidisciplinary artist and an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota and European descent). Through monumental installations and social collaboration, Luger activates speculative fiction and communicates stories about 21st Century Indigeneity, combining critical cultural analysis with dedication and respect for the diverse materials, environments, and communities he engages. He lectures and produces large-scale projects around the globe and his works are in many public collections. Luger is a recipient of a 2021 United States Artists Fellowship Award for Craft and was named a 2021 GRIST Fixer, he is a 2020 Creative Capital Fellow, a 2020 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow, and the recipient of the Museum of Arts and Design’s 2018 inaugural Burke Prize, among others.

IG: @cannupahanska. #cannupahanskaluger