Performing Turtle Island: Indigenous Theatre on the World Stage

Moira J Day (Editor) Jesse Rae Archibald-Barber (Editor)
& 1 more


Views theatre performance as both a mode of empowerment and self-determination and a way of placing Indigenous performance in dialogue with other nations, both on the shores of Turtle Island and on the world stage

Understanding Indigenous cultures as critical sources of knowledge and meaning, each essay addresses issues that remind us that the way to reconciliation between Canadians and Indigenous peoples is neither straightforward nor easily achieved. Comprised of multidisciplinary and diverse perspectives, Performing Turtle Island considers performance as both a means to self-empowerment and self-determination, and a way of placing Indigenous performance in dialogue with other nations, both on the lands of Turtle Island and on the world stage.

Megan Davies (York University)
Spy Dénommé-Welch (Brock University)
Floyd Favel (Poundmaker First Nation)
Carol Greyeyes (University of Saskatchewan)
Michael Greyeyes (Muskeg Lake First Nation)
Kahente Horn-Miller (Carleton University)
Dione Joseph (Onehunga, New Zealand)
Catherine Magowan (Hamilton, ON)
Daniel David Moses (Queen's University)
Yvette Nolan (University of Saskatchewan)
Armand Ruffo (Sagamok Ojibway and Chapleau Cree Fox Lake First Nations, Queen's University)
Annie Smith (Grand Prairie Regional College)

Product Details

University of Regina Press
Publish Date
October 19, 2019
6.0 X 0.7 X 8.9 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Moira J. Day is a professor of drama at the University of Saskatchewan, where she also serves as an adjunct member of Women's and Gender Studies, and the Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies Unit. She lives in Edmonton.
Jesse Rae Archibald-Barber is from oskana kâ-asastêki and is an associate professor of Indigenous literatures at First Nations University of Canada in Regina. He is the editor of kisiskâciwan: Indigenous Voices from Where the River Flows Swiftly and the writer and producer of the Making Treaty 4 performance project.
Kathleen Irwin is Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research in the Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance at the University of Regina.


"A valuable and timely collection."--Alan D. Filewod, author "Committing Theatre "
"A very significant and welcome contribution to the growing body of work on Indigenous theatre and performance in the land now called Canada."--Ric Knowles, author "Performing the Intercultural City "
"An important resource for those who want to introduce or incorporate Indigenous artistic perspectives in their course or work."--Heather Davis-Fisch, author "Loss and Cultural Remains in Performance "
"Brilliantly introduces pedagogies that jump scale; a bundling project for future ancestors revealing knowledges for flight into kinstillatory relationships."--Karyn Recollet, co-autho "In This Together: Blackness, Indigeneity, and Hip Hop "