Talking Stick Festival Coming to the Fire

Posted by Emily Carr University Coming to the Fire Visual Arts Exhibition, The Talking Stick Festival — the premiere Aboriginal Arts Festival in Western Canada — is presenting a diverse group of First Nations visual artists at the Roundhouse Community Centre from February 17 to February 28, 2015. This innovative and contemporary work addresses issues of importance in the visual arts …

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“Tumit” by Reneltta Arluk (Interview)

By Arts Team at CITR   Reneltta Arluk talks about her one woman show, Tumit (“tracks”) – the story of Sara and her family through the generations, their hardships and triumphs, and the challenges of the future. Reneltta is an accomplished storyteller and thespian, performing and leading professional development at the 2013 Talking Stick Festival. Reneltta plays Sara of many …

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New artists inspire Talking Stick Festival

By Tony Montague at Georgia Straight Margo Kane feels that the wheel has come around, a cycle completed. For many years in the ’80s and ’90s the founder and director of the Talking Stick Festival—the only annual festival of aboriginal arts in Canada—toured relentlessly as a solo performer. So she’s particularly excited to see three one-person theatrical shows at this …

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TSF, A Circumpolar Soundscape

By John Jane at Review Vancouver   Ahh, the sweet sound of sisters singing. Leela Gilday, Nive Nielson and Diyet are solo aboriginal musicians who came together two years ago as a quartet (Silvia Cloutier from Nunavut was originally in the line-up, but recently dropped out after the birth of her child) to form the collaboration of Circumpolar Soundscape. They …

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Aboriginal Artists at a Critical Moment

By David P. Ball at The Tyee Idle No More movement throws sharp spotlight on showcase of aboriginal creativity coming to Vancouver. Can world-class arts and culture offer hope to struggling communities, and incubate tomorrow’s creators? This year’s Talking Stick Festival hopes to prove it from Feb. 19 to March 3, showcasing some of the country’s best aboriginal dramatists, playwrights, …

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TSF reflects resurging Native arts

By Alexander Varty at Georgia Straight According to founding member Marilyn Jensen, the Tlingit cultural troupe known as the Dakka Kwaan Dancers started out as a “mistake”: a failed attempt by some young residents of Carcross, in the Yukon, to capitalize on the tourists who were coming their way from the nearby Alaskan port of Skagway. In a move reminiscent …

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