INSTRUCTIONS FOR OUR LOVE: CAHUILLA | CHEM'AYAWQAL'U'UNI

Amber Stucke
John Preckwinkle, Cahuilla Bird Singer / Translation-Spoken Cahuilla Language

Invitation to perform at Mojave Sound Art: Incantations 2019 in Wonder Valley. Larrea tridentata, commonly known as the creosote, is the most abundant plant in the Mojave Desert. Specific clonal ring forms of this plant are considered to be some of the oldest living organisms on Earth. Instructions for Our Love is a vocal piece spoken in both English by Amber Stucke and Cahuilla by John Preckwinkle III, a member of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. By honoring the creosote and with the Cahuilla language considered critically endangered, the instructions intend to reconnect the sound of the language back to the land. 

Photo Credits: Julia Robertson | Video Credits: Serena Stucke