Without title, 2014, sound installation
Courtesy: the artists
Ethnic group: Selk’ nam or Onas
Language: Selk’ nam (Ona)
Speaker: Lola Kiepja
Location: Tierra del Fuego
Level of extinction: total (except for people of mixed race)
The audio was recorded between 1966 and 1967 by Anne Chapman, French-American anthropologist who recorded chants and texts of the last representative of the Selk’ nam culture, Lola Kiepja (who, furthermore, was considered to be a Shaman by her group).
“Here I am singing
The wind carries me
I am following in the footsteps of those that have died
I have been allowed to come to the Mountain of Power
I have arrived at the great Mountain Range of the Heavens
The power of those who have died comes back to me
From infinity they have spoken to me”.