Inspired by the beautiful fiber art pieces of Mary Burns, “Ancestral Women,” honors the First Nations people of Wisconsin, reminds of the wisdom of elders, and takes a look at Tribal histories and current day presence in Wisconsin.
Shared in story, music and movement, “Ancestral Women: the Performance Project,” weaves a tapestry of personal stories, tribal history, and the interconnections of all living things. A Native woman selected by each of the Tribes of Wisconsin is honored in the fiber art exhibit and in the performances.
A performance of “Ancestral Women” will take place at the Lake of the Torches Convention Center at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12. The performance is free and open to the public. Donations, though, are certainly welcome.
Coordinated by Miigiiziikwe (Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe) and Carol Ann Amour, each tribal nation’s story has been elaborated by members of that nation. The set is composed of larger than life photos of Burn’s tapestries. Accompanied by drum and song, all elements are woven together to create a compelling performance piece. Christine Doud, (Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe) is the stage manager and assistant producer. Diane Amour (Prairie Band Potawatomi) is the lighting director. Women from each tribal nation in Wisconsin speak for each ancestor.
The premier for the performance piece was held at the Milwaukee Public Museum last November, with a dress rehearsal the day before at the Indian Community School. A documentary of the project is in the works and there are plans for a countrywide tour in 2019 and 2020. Among other venues, the troupe has already appeared at Widening the Circle in LaCrosse, Wisconsin Indian Education Association April conference, and The Longhouse Cultural Center at Evergreen College in Olympia, Washington in August.
For more information, contact Carol Ann Amour at 715-439-3078or [email protected]
To contribute to the Go Fund Me Campaign, visit www.gofundme.com/ancestral-women?pc=expt_em_co_shareflow_m_89_2&rcid=r01-154013901438-fc2c2f5792474455