For the music video the concept was to create a shelter or structure that can be utilized for gathering and hunting for years to come. Mason Mantla was a huge help in locating a site in which an artistic installation could be built; just off the shore of Russell Lake near the boat launch. This location was perfect as it will allow people to meet or prepare before or after their journey.
The installation was quite an undertaking as it required a lot of time and human energy in order to bring the vision to fruition; extra steps were taken into consideration for transportation and electricity for power tools that were required for solid construction and stability. The remoteness of the location was an extra step to overcome, but adds greatly to the unique feeling of the installation. One local came up to us in the final stages and said "No one has ever built a tree fort around here before", which felt good to hear and speaks to its originality.
After two weeks the installation was complete as a two-tier installation; the bottom bench serves as a resting place or an area to prepare tools, and the top level serves as a lookout or viewing deck. A few inspirations were taken into consideration for the construction of the installation; the design of the house from the movie Beetlejuice after it is transformed, and various artworks by Frank Lloyd Wright.
For the video shoot, I played a new song called "Fish Eyes" that is dedicated to my grandma and kookums everywhere as fish eyes and fish heads area favourite part to eat as they are housed with many healthy nutrients. There are many layers of Dene Drum in the song, as well as vocal samples and chants from Lawrence Nayally.
I would like to thank Western Arctic Moving Pictures for the opportunity to present this multi-faceted installation, and for taking the additional steps to help bring the project to its final state.
Thank You / Mahsi Cho,