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.