Clan-Kind and STTLMNT artists hold unique Winter Solstice celebration

Dec 16, 2020

People were given a rare opportunity to join in a Winter Solstice celebration with storytelling, rituals and connections to nature.

On Monday 21 December, 2020, the two largest planets in the solar system - Jupiter and Saturn - appeared to merge in the night's sky, creating a spectacular Christmas star.

The Clan-Kind artists (sister project to 'Settlement') and special guests united in a Winter Solstice celebration to honour this special time of year.

The last time this phenomena occurred, Genghis Khan was conquering large swathes of Asia and Europe.

This special and rare moment heralds a time of new beginnings and rebirth to be acknowledged through ritual and contemplation.

The free 90-minute Winter Solstice Special included the story-telling talents of Lisa Schneidau, author of Botanical Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland, and Woodland Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland.

Dartmoor-based writer, performer and celebrant Jackie Juno guided participants to find a connection to self and nature, through Celtic shamanic journeying, oracle work and ceremony.

Dakota Camancho, a multi-disciplinary artist/researcher working in spaces of Indigenous life, performance, musical composition and community engagement, was live from Seattle, USA, to lead in ritual.

More about STTLMNT

STTLMNT was an online digital occupation for Mayflower 400 by 30 Indigenous and Native American artists from across North America and the Pacific and Clan-Kind, a Plymouth-based project connecting people to nature and lost landscapes.

Find out more about the STTLMNT winter programme here.

Clan-Kind is funded by Mayflower 400 and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

STTLMNT was funded by Arts Council England, Mayflower 400 and Plymouth Culture.

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