The Saskatoon Native Theater Company
present Indian Time
By Drew Hayden Taylor in collaboration with the 2004 Circle of Voices Program participants.
:: note :: . . . a stunning collaboration of wisdom & beauty . . . powerful, poignant and moves us to a deeper understanding of the mystery of that "Indian thing", of kawansihkik, of lost spirits and time seers in the time equation . . .
as in all great storytelling the narrative is deceptively simply . . . rich in humour, true to life experience, honours the spirit . . . like all great oral storytelling it teaches . . . no pedantics, no didactical preaching - just listen . . . like great drama there are breath-taking theatrical moments where stage, sound & lighting fuse to expand the dimensions of the action . . .
Artistic Director Kennetch Charlette creates a sacred here&now place . . . a fantastical & imaginary landscape where his company of youthful artists weave their stories into our hearts as they themselves work in developing their voices by encountering their imperfections and their buried traditions . . .
the drum beats and we are called to the border where differences come together . . . where as Thomas King writes (2003 CBC Massey Lectures: The Truth About Stories) ". . . and stories are all we are . . ." . . . Zeke the Elder leaves the troubled Aboriginal youth to face a fearful paradox of time: we can live the story that others have written for us AND we can write our own story. . .
the last tableau of the youth gently touching the depictions of aboriginal rock carvings let my spirit wander the petroglyphs Indian Time has left chiseled and imprinted into my memory . . . I must go again . . . much more to write . . . and any who can should go to see Circle of Voices . . . many thanks . . .