Winter Count is a union of artists cultivating awareness, respect, honor and protection for land and water, for all the living things that have lived here, and for all the living things to come. 


A gratitude film created by WINTER COUNT in offering to the water protectors, the land and the water. 2016 #NODAPL #waterislife #mniwiconi
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We Are in Crisis embraces the noninstrumental value expressed in the Lakota phrase and NoDAPL rallying cry "Mni Wiconi" (Water Is Life). Lanniko L. Lee of the Oceti Sakowin collective, Oak Lake Writers' Society, describes rivers as arteries, "life-giving and healing forces coursing through Unci Maka, Grandmother earth." They are "part of a larger expression of our relationship to everything that is." In the video, water is offered as a powerful medium for reembodiment and reconnection. The invitation to "see" a song that "rolls out through hilltops and valleys / along river basins and shorelines" doubles as a challenge to the primacy of military-industrial vision that delivers the same landforms as property and target. -Art In America

In Transition Is The Most Honest

In Transition Is The Most Honest is based within the realm of CauseLines. CauseLines is a multi-disciplinary interactive and investigative approach to geography by art collective Winter Count. This work engages a historic technology of music composition used by people of the Northern Plains. This is a practice of studying horizon-lines from which to create melody and tone repertoire. It is a process of resonating the landscape. Binding geography to culture. Singing the song-lines of belonging. We reference this pedagogy through a confluence of newer technological platforms. We’re creating scores from imagery of drone aerial footage that we have generated during times of resistance in places under threat of extractive industries. Places of Cause. This imagery follows natural and human influenced landscapes; river-lines, tree-lines, road-lines, pipe-lines. These are the CauseLines from which we score. The intention of these scores is to invite processes of belonging, clarity of place. Not creating meaning but finding the meaning that already exists. The scores are to be interpreted as song, as dance, as story. It is from the complexity of interpretation, subjectivity of improvisation, that we begin dialogue around how we establish our practice of place. 2017

About Winter Count:

We are a growing collective of multi-disciplinary artists, working in film, performance, installation, sculpture, storytelling and sound composition. Our work engages with land and water under current threat by extractive industry. We bring together our minds as artists to cultivate gratitude and respect for water, land, and the interdependence of all things living in this world. Our work is ongoing, for everyone, and is accessible to the public through online platforms, museum and gallery exhibitions, screenings and public performances.

'Today we see natural cycles of life disrupted by the extraction and transportation of what we have come to call resources from the land.

The Nations of all living things are being destroyed in this pursuit.

We acknowledge that the need to protect water and land is increasing in every part of the world.

As human beings we are responsible to the ancestors and descendants of all living things for how we live.

So we bring together our minds as artists to cultivate gratitude and respect for water, land, and the interdependence of all things living in this world.

Through our work we bind together our diverse ancestry and cultures, to honor and protect water and land.

As artists we tell stories, stories learned from each other, from land, water and all our relatives.

We are listening, we are watching, we are holding up reflectors, waving flags, singing the horizon and telling the story of how we are now.

As artists we are making visions and asking how we can be, what we can make for our children, and our grandchildren’s children.' - WINTER COUNT