to be held in the valley of mountains

Meredith Kooi, to be held in the valley of mountains: desert compilation, 2021, single-channel video, 17min 47sec

My recent practice has centered on healing—body, mind, and spirit, both ancestral and personal. Part of the work has required immersing my body in nature, asking the earth to facilitate my healing. In reconnecting to the earth, I tune into ki’s vibrations.[1] The plants, animals, geology, atmosphere, and energy surrounding me speak, and I ask them for guidance.

This work was recorded on the ancestral lands of the Hohokam, Akimel O’odham (Upper Pima), Yavapaiv Apache, and O’odham Jeweḍ peoples, or what is now Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona, and edited on the ancestral lands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute), and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ peoples, or what is now Erie, Colorado. 

[1] For a discussion of the use of “ki” and “kin” as the pronouns to use when speaking about nature rather than “it,” see professor of Environmental and Forest Biology and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Robin Wall Kimmerer’s 2017 article “Speaking of Nature” published in Orion.