Saturday, March 27, 2004

The Saskatoon Native Theater Company present Indian Time By Drew Hayden Taylor in collaboration with the 2004 Circle of Voices Program participants.

:: note :: . . . a stunning collaboration . . . powerful, poignant and moves us to a deeper understanding of the mystery of that "Indian thing", of kawansihkik, of lost spirits and time seers in the time equation . . .

as in all great storytelling the narrative is deceptively simply . . . rich in humour, true to life experience, honours the spirit . . . like all great oral storytelling it teaches . . . no pedantics, no didactical preaching - just listen . . . like great drama there are breath-taking theatrical moments where stage, sound & lighting fuse to expand the dimensions of the action . . .

Artistic Director Kennetch Charlette creates a sacred here&now place . . . a fantastical & imaginary landscape where his company of youthful artists weave their stories into our hearts as they themselves work in developing their voices by encountering their imperfections and their own buried traditions . . .

the drum beats and we are called to the border where differences come together . . . where as Thomas King writes (2003 CBC Massey Lectures: The Truth About Stories) ". . . and stories are all we are . . ." . . . Zeke the Elder leaves the troubled Aboriginal youth to face a fearful paradox of time: we can live the story that others have written for us AND we can write our own story. . .

the last tableau of the youth gently touching the depictions of aboriginal rock carvings let my spirit wander the chiseled petroglyphs Indian Time has left burnt into my memory . . . I must go again . . . much more to write . . . and any who can should go to see Circle of Voices . . .