Confessions (2002)

Confessions of an Indian Cowboy

Con­fes­sions of an Indi­an Cow­boy is a prob­ing, endear­ing and some­times amus­ing look at the his­to­ry of con­tact between Abo­rig­i­nal and non-Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple and at the com­mu­ni­ties that exist in Cana­da as a result of this con­tact. This one-woman musi­cal show tells sto­ries of the Indi­an and Métis, peo­ples of mixed her­itage who have been pushed aside and ignored for well over a century.

A mas­ter sto­ry­teller, singer and dancer, Mar­go Kane plays the roles of sev­er­al dis­tinct char­ac­ters as she explores how the appar­ent social and cul­tur­al con­tra­dic­tions inher­ent in being both “Indi­an” and “Cow­boy” are rec­on­ciled.  The char­ac­ters share their per­son­al sto­ries, insights and humour, inform­ing audi­ences about that unique part of their col­lec­tive his­to­ry. Mar­go Kane moves effort­less­ly from pathos to humour to rous­ing music and song. Her one-woman per­for­mance is per­fect­ly matched by three top-notch musi­cians: gui­tarist Bar­rie Nigh­swan­der, per­cus­sion­ist Joseph ‘Pepe’ Dan­za and fid­dler Doug Thordarson.

When pre­sent­ed as part of a show­case in June 2001, the response from Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple, who heard their own sto­ries, was pow­er­ful and even over­whelm­ing. Full Cir­cle was touched by the res­o­nance felt by peo­ple of Abo­rig­i­nal back­ground who attend­ed the performances–people who too sel­dom expe­ri­ence the arts.  Non-Abo­rig­i­nal Cana­di­ans who see Con­fes­sions will glean a greater appre­ci­a­tion and a bet­ter under­stand­ing of the expe­ri­ences of Métis peo­ples who embrace the inter­min­gling of Abo­rig­i­nal and non-Abo­rig­i­nal cultures.

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