SETTLER, as a song and as a video were both incredibly collaborative affairs.
The words themselves are drawn from a time in my life when I was participating
in some language revitalization workshops in the Chinook Wawa language....
As a song and as a video were both incredibly collaborative affairs. The words themselves are drawn from a time in my life when I was participating in some language revitalization workshops in the Chinook Wawa language. Many of the elders spoke on many subjects about their life: culture, language, activism, rituals, insights.....but something that always came up, was that they felt no matter how incredibly endangered every aspect of their culture had been and after everything they had been through and continue to endure, that their people, their elders were still there and guiding them through everything and would continue to show them the ways of their people.
Making the video brought together many artists and friends from my hometown of Portland, Oregon. Buckley is an incredible artist/spirit who created the central piece at the heart of the video; beings coming into and out of themselves anew and always.... she also gave us the beautiful illustrations you see throughout. Madison Rowley is a filmmaker, actor, and musician who helped us capture Buckley in creation mode. Travis Abels constructs all the movie trailers of your dreams and brought it all together for us with SETTLER, merging found footage of early Oregon families, travel spots, and cartoons with time-lapse of our Buckley creation/animations.