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(Re)Imagine Indigenous Theater Reading List

Librarians at Seattle Public Library put together a curated list of media to accompany our virtual (Re)Imagine Indigenous Theater panel, a part of our (Re)Imagine Theater panel series. Get ready for the conversation with these related books, plays, articles, and performances.

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Children of the Setting Sun Productions
Web Resource 

Founded by Darrell Hillaire (Lummi), Children of the Setting Sun Productions is a multi-media, film, and theater arts production company specializing in Coast Salish storytelling.


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Critical Companion to Native American and First Nations Theatre and Performance 
Indigenous Spaces  
by Darby, Jaye T./Mohler, Courtney Elkin/Stanlake, Christy
Book - 2020

This anthology is "the first major survey book to introduce Native artists, plays, and theatres within their cultural, aesthetic, spiritual, and socio-political contexts." - Publisher's copy


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The Edward Curtis Project 
A Modern Picture Story 
by Clements, Marie Humber 
Book - 2010

Clements, a Métis playwright, and Leistner, a white photographer, collaborated on this unique blend of drama and photography that unpacks the complex legacy of Edward Curtis' photographs of North American Indigenous peoples.


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First Nations Theater Guild
Web Resource 

Founded in New York City in 2018 by a small and passionate group of Indigenous artists, First Nations Theater Theater Guild is an organization for First Nations people by First Nations people in the arts.


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Native American Stories From Puget Sound 
Book - 2020

Translated and edited by Upper Skagit elder Vi Hilbert, this new edition of 33 stories from the Lushootseed-speaking peoples of Puget Sound features a beautiful redesign and a new foreword by Jill La Pointe, Hilbert's granddaughter.


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Hul'q'umi'num' Heroes Theater Project   
Web Resource 

Hul’q’umi’num’ Heroes is a collaboration between a University of Victoria theater professor and the Hul’q’umi’num’ Language and Culture Society to help revitalize this endangered Coast Salish language among tribal members..


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Indian Act  
Residential School Plays 
by St. Bernard, Donna-Michelle (EDT) 
Book - 2018

"Seven plays by contemporary First Nations and Métis playwrights cover the broad scope of residential school experiences, all kinds of characters, and no stereotypes, giving voice to those who could not be heard." - Publisher's copy


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Indigenous Theater and Performance of North America Resource Guide  
Web Resource 

This resource guide offers a primer for theater educators, instructors, and academics interested in Indigenous theater and performance of North and Central America.


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Interview with Hanay Geiogamah at the Native Theater Festival (2007-2008) at The Public Theater 
Web Resource 

This video documents an interview with Hanay Geiogamah (Kiowa-Delaware), a professor of theater in the School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA, conducted by Graydon Wetzler as a part of a Native Theater Festival interview series in 2007.


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Larissa FastHorse Presents at the 2019 Creative Capital Artist Retreat
Web Resource 

Award-winning playwright Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota) discusses Native Nation, a community-generated and -performed immersive theatrical experience created through radical engagement with the Lakota communities of South Dakota.


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Native American Playwrights Practicing Public History: New Wave History Plays
Web Resource 

In this post, Laurie Arnold (Sinixt Band, Colville Confederated Tribes) describes how Indigenous playwrights are remaking American theater with historical narratives that general audiences have either forgotten or never learned.


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Native American Tribal Theatre -- Barbara Greenwald Memorial Arts Program featuring William Yellow Robe, Jr. 
Web Resource 

On December 5, 2013, William Yellow Robe, Jr. (Assiniboine) discussed producing and creating a new relationship between a colonial art medium and Indigenous Tribal nations from his perspective as a Native playwright, director and actor. 

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Native American Women Playwrights Archive   
Web Resource 

The Native American Women Playwrights Archive is a collection of original materials by Indigenous women playwrights of the Americas. It is housed in Walter Havighurst Special Collections at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.


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A Native Drag Artist Wants Land Acknowledgements To Matter - Crosscut 
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Seattle-based Indgiqueer drag performer and fiber/visual artist Hailey Tayathy (Quileute) discusses their work and the importance of meaningful land acknowledgments in this interview with local news nonprofit Crosscut.

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Native Land Mapping Project 
Web Resource

Learn whose land you inhabit with this interactive virtual map that shows the traditional lands and territories of Indigenous peoples worldwide. This website is run by Native Land Digital, an Indigenous-led nonprofit based in Canada. 

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Native Seattle  
Histories From the Crossing-Over Place
Book - 2017 

This history of Seattle’s Indigenous communities documents the experiences of the Duwamish and other Native inhabitants of this land from before white settlers arrived to the present day. Includes an atlas mapping over 100 Indigenous place names.


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Native Theatre in American: From OSF to Broadway at the 2018 National Theatre Conference  
Web Resource 

This panel discussion at the 2018 National Theatre Conference featured prominent Indigenous theater artists including DeLanna Studi (Cherokee), Jake Hart (Blackfeet/Cherokee), Tanis Parenteau (Cree/Métis), and Muriel Miguel (Kuna/Rappahannock). 


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Red Eagle Soaring  
Web Resource 

Since 1991, Red Eagle Soaring has mentored hundreds of Native youth, staged over 170 productions, and supported youth access to the healing power of Native cultural traditions which promote social, physical, and intellectual engagement.


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Salmon is Everything     
Community- based Theatre in the Klamath Watershed 
by May, Theresa J.  
Book - 2014

After a devastating fish kill on the Klamath River in 2002, members of the Yurok, Hoopa Valley, and Karuk tribes and playwright Theresa May collaborated on a play to give voice to the central spiritual and cultural role of salmon in tribal life. 


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A Play  
by Nagle, Mary Kathryn   
Book - 2020

Sovereignty, the latest work from playwright and attorney Mary Kathryn Nagle (Cherokee), reflects on Indigenous nations' struggles to enforce their own laws on their own land.


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Spiderwoman Theater 
Web Resource    

Founded in 1976 by sisters and elders Muriel Miguel, Gloria Miguel, and Lisa Mayo (Kuna/Rappahannock), Spiderwoman Theater produces performances and offers theater training and education rooted in an urban Indigenous performance practice.


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The Thanksgiving Play      
A Play  
by Fasthorse, Larissa    
Book - 2019

This one-act satirical comedy follows three white thespians attempting to create a politically correct First Thanksgiving play for Native American Heritage Month.


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Three Plays       
The Indolent Boys, Children of the Sun, and the Moon in Two Windows  
by Momaday, N. Scott      
Book - 2019

From Pulitzer Prize-winning author Momaday (Kiowa) comes this collection of two never-before published plays and a screenplay that demonstrate his signature talent for interweaving literary and oral traditions.


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Why this Indigenous Theatre is launching with a heartbreak play -- CBC Arts  
Web Resource      

First aired on September 26, 2019, this segment from CBC Arts describes the new Indigenous Theatre program at The National Arts Centre in Ottawa and the play kicking off their first season, Unnatural and Accidental Women by Marie Clements (Métis).


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