A photo of a path in a coniferous forest with green trees on either side of the path. There are brownish red needles and pale white stones lining the forest floor. Four cement blocks are scattered, or perhaps placed, in front of the path.

Inose/Field Trip

Fill up your water bottle, put on some sunscreen and join us for Inose/Field Trip!

Inose [Ee-no-say] means to walk in a certain way, to a certain place. This 25-minute sound walk is an intimate aural experience emerging from the fertile collaboration between artist Yolanda Bonnell and scientist Dr. Jesse Popp, two Anishinaabe leaders deeply engaged with Indigenous knowledge systems in their different fields. Inose/Field Trip encourages participants to connect with their surroundings, awakening curiosity and the potential for new relationships with the natural world.

Commissioned by Imagining Climates, a project of the Guelph Institute for Environmental Research, in collaboration with the Arboretum, with support from the College of Arts, Inose/Field Trip is created by Yolanda Bonnell in conversation with Dr. Jesse Popp, with soundscapes by Dawn Matheson and dramaturgy by Natasha Greenblatt.

Before you begin, please read or listen to these instructions

Inose/Field Trip can be experienced anywhere in the world, along a quiet trail through the forest, navigating the sidewalks of a big city, or strolling or rolling down a country road. If possible, we invite you to listen while you move with us in a safe, outdoor space. If that is not possible, you can listen at home and use your imagination. There is no wrong path!

A few tips to help prepare for your journey:

Bring a bottle of water. It’s important to stay hydrated.

Grab a hat, put on sunscreen, wear a raincoat or a warm sweater. Your comfort is a priority.

Take breaks as needed.

Use whatever senses are available to you.

When you’re ready to start, plug in your headphones and press the button that says Begin.

Thank you for joining us!

Begin Inose/Field Trip Now

Yolanda Bonnell (She/They)

Yolanda is a Queer 2 Spirit Anishinaabe-Ojibwe, South Asian & Scottish performer, playwright and multidisciplinary creator/educator. Originally from Fort William First Nation in Thunder Bay, Ontario (Superior Robinson Treaty territory), her arts practice is now based in Tkarón:to. She is Co-artistic leader of manidoons collective, that she runs with Michif (Métis) artist, Cole Alvis. In February 2020, Yolanda’s four-time Dora nominated solo show bug was remounted at Theatre Passe Muraille while the published version was shortlisted for a Governor General Literary Award. She is also a part of Factory Theatre’s The Bedrock Creator’s Initiative where her play, Scanner continues to be developed towards production. Yolanda has performed on stages at the Stratford Festival, the NAC, Persephone Theatre and was nominated for a Dora award for her performance in Two Odysseys: Pimooteewin/ Gállábártnit. She was also the Indigenous artist recipient of the Jayu Arts for Human Rights Award for her work and has taught at schools like York University and Sheridan College. Yolanda proudly bases her practice in land-based creation, drawing on energy and inspiration from the earth and her ancestors. 

*Photo is by Bliss Thompson

Dr. Jesse Popp

Jesse is a Chair in Indigenous Environmental Science at the University of Guelph. She is an emerging scholar and member of Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory, and strives to promote inclusive science that embraces multiple ways of knowing while on her journey of learning and sharing. Her research and teaching weaves Indigenous and Western ways of knowing to contribute to the advancement of environmental and ecological science. Dr. Popp recognizes that the number of declining species across the globe are increasing, and in turn, jeopardizing ecological and cultural integrity. Dr. Popp’s interdisciplinary research uses a two-eyed seeing approach to investigate the causes and consequences of wildlife population fluctuations in ecosystems and to Indigenous traditional ways of life. Her work contributes to conservation, sustainability, and the progression of the natural sciences in the spirit of reconciliation.

Dawn Matheson (she/her)

Dawn is an interdisciplinary artist working in social practice with specializations in video and sound art. She has directed participatory media-based projects for over 20 years with works featured at CAFKA, SummerWorks, Nuit Blanche, Stratford Festival, Hot Docs cinema, on national CBC Radio (where she worked as a radio documentary producer), at many festivals, academic conferences, forests, train stations, fountains, bath houses and alleyways throughout Canada. Through inclusive artistic practices, Dawn seeks to interrupt civic and social spaces with unexpected moments of beauty, curiosity and joy. Her relational interventions hope to offer moments of exuberance and liberation from everyday suffering and to dismantle barriers between individuals by creating alternative stories that build compassion and kinship. She is currently producing a work called HOW TO DRAW A TREE — a Canada-Council funded immersive multimedia social-practice art project coupling individuals in mental health crisis with trees in climate crisis for reciprocal co-creation. You can find more about her work at thiswasnow.com.

Natasha Greenblatt 

Natasha is a writer, performer, educator, and the co-artistic director of Two Birds Theatre. Her plays include The Peace Maker (Next Stage Festival, Playwrights Canada Press), Two Birds One Stone, written and performed with Rimah Jabr (Two Birds Theatre, Riser Project, Tarragon Workspace, Impact Festival, and the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre), The Election, a play she wrote with Yolanda Bonnell (Common Boots Theatre, Nightwood Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, and Theatre Direct) and Apocalypse Play, a collaboration with her mother, Kate Lushington which will be presented in Hillcrest Park this fall (Two Birds Theatre, Common Boots). Natasha is currently an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph.

Banner photo credit: sophia bartholomew, snow flower sunset lake, 2017.

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