Moonlodge (1990)


Agnes was removed from her home and fam­i­ly by Child Wel­fare gov­ern­ment ser­vices. She grows up in a series of fos­ter homes, away from the warmth and sup­port of her fam­i­ly and her cul­tur­al community.

Pop­u­lar media depict­ing Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple both fas­ci­nate and dis­gust Agnes. In the 1960s, she joins many oth­ers hitch­hik­ing across Amer­i­ca. In that jour­ney, she dis­cov­ers the authen­tic voice inside her that had been silenced, but nev­er lost.

Moon­lodge was inspired by both Abo­rig­i­nal and non-Abo­rig­i­nal women who con­tin­ue to encour­age and guide Mar­go Kane. She cre­at­ed Moon­lodge to hon­our moth­ers, sis­ters, aunts and grand­moth­ers and to moti­vate oth­ers on their jour­neys home. In cre­at­ing her one-woman show, Kane drew on the sto­ries and per­son­al expe­ri­ences of chil­dren who were tak­en away from their fam­i­lies and famil­iar sur­round­ings in the 1950’s and 1960’s, with no expla­na­tion by the Children’s Aid Department.

Kane has said that she “hoped that Moon­lodge will be a part of the heal­ing of our peo­ple. We have sur­vived tremen­dous loss­es with a sense of humour, dig­ni­ty and hon­our. We are capa­ble of deter­min­ing our own future and that of our children.”

Since its pre­miere at the Women in View Fes­ti­val in 1990, Moon­lodge has toured through­out Cana­da, the Unit­ed States, Europe, and Aus­tralia to much acclaim.
 In 1994, it was adapt­ed for radio and published.

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