Artifact

Duality Dollar

  • November 30, 2017

This article includes both Inbound and Outbound information about this currency.

Duality Dollar (Forest Circulation)

Duality Dollar

Inbound Artist: Wapoke Aniza, 1758, on bushfruit paper

Outbound Artist : M Kelley, 2014

Inbound Significance

Currently in circulation and most commonly found within the Mountain, Forest, and Hotlands regions, the Duality Dollar depicts artist portrayals of the faces of the two primary Long Face Folk within Birdfolk mythology: Coyotl and Corvus.

On the left, Coyotol is dressed for a trip and depicted in the act of Right-looking, with a Sun motif in the upper Right corner. To the Right stands Corvus, dressed simply in home garb, who depicted in the act of Left-looking towards a motif of the moon in the upper Left. The two are shown to look nearly identical, displaying the androgynous qualities that make them recognizable as The Dual Faces and as The World Line.

As the regions are under Birdfolk jurisdiction and seen as existing within the “Generosity of Corvus,” both portraits are framed by Birdfolk faces and feather laurels.  Two leaves rest beneath the inscriptions, again denoting the regional influence, and the border forms the shape of The Trifold Peaks.

Supported by leaves that denote regional terrain, beside each portrait is an inscription that sums up the artist’s impression of each figure’s “Generosity,” or domain: Coyotl, overseeing emotion, gains his power from the process of discovery, “in knowing”; Corvus, overseeing reason, gains her power from the process of reflection, or “to know.” Together, the two mantras form one phrase, “In knowing to know,” that describes the Birdfolk philosophy of exploration for the sake of expansion: both internally in self-betterment, and externally, for the benefit and survival of their nation state.

In diving this inscription into two component parts that can be read as separate messages, and in depicting the two Long Face Folken in their Walking Forms, the artist also seems to pay homage to Northern traditions and mythology, suggesting that Coyotl and Corvus are parallels to Northern Process Way figures of The Key and The Gate. The two figures appear to look towards each other, reflecting the other even in their apartness. Given the high number of Walking Folk who reside in the Northern Regions, and the somewhat tumultuous history and co-existence of the two cultures, this harmonious design decision by the artist is a move both thoughtful and diplomatic.

The currency is traditionally printed on bushfruit paper, an edible shrub common throughout The Inbound Lands and especially prevalent as groundcover within the Forest and Hotlands regions, and whose husk and vines are harvested for their fiberous benefits in creating durable, tear-resistant paper products.

Outbound Significance

Relief print on mulberry paper, printed from a laser engraved block, 2014

This work was designed in preparation for a partnership through an artist residency with Wildacres, located in Little Switzerland, North Carolina. Wildacres provided M Kelley the opportunity to gather important visual and environmental reference during the week-long stay, both on the retreat’s beautiful wilderness preserve and at neighboring areas of Mount Mitchell, Linville Gorge, and Black Mountain.

Printed on translucent mulberry paper, the dollar is designed to layer on top of other currency designs in order to reveal game information. An edition of 100 of these prints were dispersed into library books, tip jars, ranger stations, and other random locations along the travel route, providing access for players old and new to find. Through the reference material gathered, historic sites from Mount Mitchell, Wildacres, and Linville Gorge – as well as unique fauna and flora from the Blue Ridge Mountains – have been transplanted into the Mountain and Forest regions of The Inbound Lands.

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