ᒥᑭᓯᑲᐦᑕ // mikisikahta // bead it
An exploration of nêhiyaw beadwork practices through connections to body, land, and spirit. Filmed on the lands of the lək̓ʷəŋən people.
Eli Hirtle is a nêhiyaw(Cree)/British/German filmmaker, beadworker, youth mentor and curator based on Lekwungen Territory in Victoria, BC, Canada. His practice involves making films about Indigenous cultural resurgence and language revitalization, as well as investigating his nêhiyaw identity through beadwork. Current areas of interest are learning how to speak his ancestral language of nêhiyawêwin and mentoring emerging Indigenous artists.
Film projects include RESIST: The Unistoten’s Call to the Land (2013), Voices on the Rise (2016, 2019, 2021), and Lekwungen: Place to Smoke Herring (2018).