The Western Oracle has the appearance of an independent rooftop, removed from its house, and dropped from the sky to live its own life in a new context. It could also suggest a house that has been buried or sunken into the earth, leaving an island of house to climb on, like a ship at sea. A visitor may climb this rooftop or crouch to enter its attic space. Inside the attic they find windows framing the Puget Sound where boats pass by and where the original Natives paddled in historically. Then the visitors may notice that the interior wall that holds the window is made of traditional Native elk drums. The drum wall can be beat by the visitor to conjur an answer from the Oracle. An oracle gives guidance and truth. It is in a human’s nature to want to have an influence on their future, and to want to believe in something outside of themselves. In this way the visitor may see it is they themselves who may furnish their oracular answers.
Traditional Co-Salish Blessing of Song and consultation by Joseph Seymour
Serenade of rooftop songs by Amelia Bolyard
2nd line procession atop the roof by Tubaluba
Collaboration inspired by the Western Oracle by Donald Byrd, choreographer, and Quinton Morris, violinist