This project is about an active engagement with thread. Threading fragments of a colonial story together, through intra-action with the material world, we created an arpillera (Chilean tapestry) to speak with our ghosts. In New Zealand we are described as Pākehā, descendants of white European colonial ancestors. Involved in critical family history, our data comprised of old photographs, maps, letters, diaries, and landmarks that remain. We propose that arts-based methods provide the potential to speak with the ghost, to engage with archival data, and to embody the experience. Threaded through the essay are poetic responses, stories generated, and descriptions and images from the arpillera.
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