Reclaiming Indigenous: The culture and the people – BeatRoute Magazine

by ahnationtalk on January 10, 201970 Views

10th, January 2019

CALGARY – First Nations and Indigenous peoples are behind several works at this year’s High Performance Rodeo, according to the international arts festival’s Indigenous Community Liaison, Chantal Chagnon. Chagnon, a Cree-Ojibwe Métis Artist who creates work through her independent company, Cree8, sees the volume of works being produced by First Nations and Indigenous artists as “inspiring.”

First among those works is bug by manidoons collective, running January 18-19 @ 7:30 p.m. and January 20 @ 2 p.m., at the West Village Theatre. “[bug] is a very unique project,” Chagnon says. “We’re doing outreach with indigenous youth in the community, to bring them in for a storytelling workshop.” This ties into the play’s themes and narrative,which tell the story of women in an Indigenous family navigating addiction and inter-generational trauma.

Cafe Daughter, by Workshop West Playwrights Theatre Production in Association with Alberta Aboriginal Arts, running Jan. 15-27 at Alberta Theatre Projects, is inspired by the story of Chinese-Canadian and Cree senator Lillian Dyck. In this play, a nine-year old fictionalized version of Dyck named Yvette Wong struggles to find her identity in small town Saskatchewan. “Like many of us, if we’re passing for white or other races, we tend to deny the fact that we’re First Nations,” Chagnon says. “[Cafe Daughter] is really about reclaiming our culture, reclaiming who we are as Indigenous people.”

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