2021 Micro-Grant Recipient: Jennifer Morrison, PAg
I am the project manager/engine of the Interior Salish Fire Keepers Society and I work with Secwepemc, Nlaka’pamux, Syilx and St’at’imx Fire Keepers. Alongside my husband, I teach fire ecology at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology in Merritt, BC and this gives me lots of opportunity to engage with and photograph Fire Keepers in action.
I have a Yashica mat 124g that I like to use along with some pinhole and digital SLR cameras. I am very grateful to have received this AWE micro grant and I look forward to sharing my images and experiences with you.
Grant Category: Photography
Cultural Burning from Interior Salish Territories
Interior Salish Fire Keepers are knowledgeable in fire management, prescribed burning, traditional medicines, environmental health and indigenous “Ways of Knowing”; and as leaders they are proactively addressing, facilitating and re-establishing cultural burning and the traditional use of fire on the land to heal our environment.
The images will be used with teaching tools to support public awareness, for mentoring efforts of indigenous youth, and for recognizing the skills and ancestral knowledge held by the Fire Keepers. These photos of Elders and knowledge keepers will be added to the current SFKS library for archival and promotional material. These images will also be used for our developing website and added to posters used to announce local projects, gatherings and workshops.
Favorite thing about fire:
Fire is both a healer and a monster; but it is transformative.