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An Evening of Indigenous Performance at Trent University on December 1


Indigenous Studies Department and Indigenous Performance Initiatives Present Anishnaabe Maanjiidwin IV

Monday, November 27, 2006, Peterborough

On Friday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m. Trent University’s Indigenous Studies Department, in association with Indigenous Performance Initiatives (IPI), will present Anishinaabe Maanjiidwin IV, an evening of masked dance and storytelling, at NOZHEM, the First Peoples Performance Space in Enweying, Gzowksi College. 

In this production, students have drawn from the lessons and insights contained in Indigenous knowledge, as it has been passed down from generation to generation. The newly instituted course, “Indigenous Masked Dance and Storytelling”, features the storytelling and dance traditions of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Blackfoot and Inuit peoples. 

The evening will begin with a piece entitled “Honouring of the Four Directions”, an ancient teaching joined to contemporary staging in which animals and people find their way through these ancient stories. Edna Manitowabi, professor emeritus of Indigenous Studies at Trent, has served as cultural consultant for this work. Prof. Manitowabi is well known in the region and throughout Canada as a spiritual leader and keeper of Indigenous knowledge, and equally as a stage performer in her own right. 

The second half of the program, entitled “The Story in the Mask”, carries with it a disclaimer: the audience is advised to hold onto their valuables, whether public or private, as guest appearances will be made by certain persons calling themselves Old Man and Old Woman, Raven, Coyote and Nenabush. 

Rosalie Jones/Daystar, adjunct Indigenous Studies faculty member, is the director and choreographer of this year’s production, the third under her supervision.  She is joined this year by Patti Shaughnessy of Wshkiigimong (Curve Lake), a Peterborough actor, dancer, and founder of the aboriginal coalition “O’kaadenigan Wiingashk” (Weaving Sweetgrass into the Heart).

All performances are by donation and open to the public. Seating is limited and guests are asked to call ahead, reserve seats, and pick-up tickets by 7:00 p.m. on the evening of the performance. To make a reservation, please contact Barb Rivett at (705) 748-1011 ext. 7921 or brivett@trentu.ca.


For more information, please contact:
Deborah Ratelle, (705) 748-1011 x7906 or MTwoSpirit@aol.com