Stories from the Drum celebrates and amplifies Native voices
All about Stories from the Drum:
Seeking to serve local Native communities by supporting an indigenous-led, indigenous-driven, indigenous-decolonized practice of working in community. Stories from the Drum will take shape via three forms of engagement.
First, a free series of three two-day community engagement workshops hosted at the Division of Indian Work focuses on celebrating and amplifying Native voices through storytelling processes that de-center storytelling tropes grounded in Western writing methodologies. The first of these workshops happened on December 1-2, the next one is March 30-31 and the last for this year is May 4-5. As these workshops take place, Guthrie Theater staff will also receive anti-colonialist equity, diversity, and inclusion training.
Next, local Native community members will be invited to attend performances at the Guthrie with transportation, tickets, events and meals included in the invitation, dissolving barriers to access that stifle Native community members from participating in Guthrie season programming.
In June 2019, The project will culminate in three free public performances by workshop participants on the Guthrie’s McGuire Proscenium stage. In the spirit of decolonization, all aspects of the performance (structure, content, design, etc.) will be collaboratively devised with and within community to fully reflect the culturally specific narratives and practices of the many tribes that make up the local Native community. An Indigenous Market will also take place in the Main Guthrie Lobby on both performance days.
- Division of Indian Work
- Ty Defoe (Ojibwe/Oneida) – Indigenous Direction
- Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota) – Indigenous Direction
- Jaida Grey Eagle (Oglala Lakota)
- Marisa Carr (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe)