Cast and crew of Red Eagle Soaring Native Youth Theatre’s 14th annual SIYAP*, a free two-week performing arts camp that concludes on Saturday, August 18th with a free, public performance created and staged by Native youth.
* Seattle Indian Youth Art and Performance. ‘Siyap’ means ‘esteemed friend’ in Lushootseed, the language of the Duwamish, Seattle’s first people
Red Eagle Soaring Native Youth Theatre is debuting our free performance of The Rememberer at 11 AM on Monday, May 28th at the 41st annual Northwest Folklife Festival (http://www.nwfolklifefestival.org/). The Rememberer tells the true story of Joyce Simmons Cheeka, a young Squaxin Indian girl forcibly taken from her home in 1911 and placed in the government-run Tulalip Indian Training School. As the chosen “rememberer” for her tribe – an honor passed down to her from her grandfather, Mud Bay Sam – it is Joyce’s duty to pass on the stories, history, and wisdom of her people. However, the aims of the white boarding school are quite the opposite: “To kill the Indian to save the man”. They feel the way for the Native Americans to survive is to be assimilated by the society and therefore try to eliminate any traces of Joyce’s heritage. She is forbidden to use her Native language and customs. Through her friendship with the headmaster of the school, and with the help of her spirit guide, Joyce succeeds in forming a bridge between this new world and the world of her ancestors. Through her patience, grit, humor, curiosity, and inclusiveness of spirit, she does honor to the words of her elders: “Each day is a gift. And to waste that day is inexcusable. Account for yourself. Be useful.” Joyce Simmons Cheeka lived a remarkable, heroic, and indeed, useful life.
Red Eagle Soaring at the Paramount Theatre
Red Eagle Soaring at the Paramount Theatre on January 31, 2012 (welcoming President Jimmy Carter to the stage with a Klamath welcome song for an audience of 2,600, as the opening act for the World Affairs Council’s 60th Anniversary celebration, entitled Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, Building Hope: A Conversation with President Jimmy Carter). Check out a link to our performance here: http://vimeo.com/36452787.
Red Eagle Soaring presented Zombie Pow Wow on August 18, 2011 at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center as the concluding performance of our 13th annual SIYAP 2-week performing arts camp.
Listen to NPR’s All Things Considered coverage of A Right to Justice, our play (http://www.kplu.org/post/play-tackles-fears-young-native-americans-after-woodcarver-killed) that debuted Sunday, June 12th at 4PM at Rainier Valley Cultural Center (3515 S. Alaska, 98118) in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood.
Date: Fall 2010
Production: Eagles Soar, Ravens Sing and Dance
Playwright: Drew Hobson (Pamunky)
Storyteller: Gene Tagaban (Tlingit)
Violinist: Swil Kanim
Flute: Peter Ali
Performer: Sky Dunlap
Wacanga actors: RES youth
Artwork: Roger Fernandes (Lower Elwha Klallam)
Wacanga was also performed on Sunday, December 12th at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center.
(‘Raven’ in Lushootseed)
A Coast Salish-style interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, ‘Qawqs’ was the concluding performance on August 13th, 2010 of Red Eagle Soaring’s 12th Annual SIYAP (Seattle Indian Youth Arts and Performance) FREE two-week performing arts camp held at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center in Seattle’s Discovery Park.
Debuted on March 28th, 2010 at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, Resurrection City (the name given to the Indian encampment outside the gates of Fort Lawton) is the musical re-enactment of the 1970 Bernie Whitebear led takeover of Fort Lawton that resulted in the creation of Daybreak Star and the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation. The performance was part of the larger 40th anniversary celebration of Bernie Whitebear’s legacy and this seminal moment in the history of the Native struggle for rights and visibility. Resurrection City – traipsing through the music, politics, and fashions of 1971 - celebrates the activists who raised the public’s consciousness about contemporary Native existence and secured a spiritual home for generations of Seattle’s urban Natives to come.