The dragonfly is meant to represent transformation, displayed through Jackson’s backwards journey through the forest on her bike, and dancing on the beach.
In a press release, Jackson emphasized her excitement for the project. “This video is something that I hold very dear to my heart. There was so much love and light radiating from everyone involved throughout the creative process,” she said. “It was amazing to see everyone working together to create this beautiful magic. I am so grateful to have been welcomed so warmly into Medicine Tribe, as well as to be a part of the bigger message and everything Nahko has been working towards.”
The song was a decade’s work, as Jackson helped Nahko to revive a track he had written over ten years ago when he was traveling across the United States from Alaska to Hawaii.
“There are some puzzles left unfinished that get better with age. This song, left dormant for years, has come back to life with not only fresh interpretation, but perhaps new meaning thanks to my dear friend Paris Jackson,” Nahko said. “It’s a perfect fit, no longer undone. It was a vulnerable thing, digging through the archives and dusting off this tune. With Paris creating a visual narrative of natural beauty, the journey of herself discovery and transformation shines boldly. Working with her came with such ease and humility.”
My Name Is Bear will be released on Oct. 20. Nahko embarks on a tour across the US and Europe. Find tickets and the full list of dates here, and watch his new video “Dragonfly” below.