Red Eagle Soaring’s last performance of 2012 – a free public performance of The Rememberer.
Red Eagle Soaring’s fall class series concludes with a final staging of The Rememberer at Rainier Valley Cultural Center. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs – pidamaya!
Red Eagle Soaring Native Youth Theatre presents
A celebration of Red Eagle Soaring’s 20th birthday, and an imagined peek 50 years into our future.
Three opportunities to catch our performance of ‘Super Indian’:
6pm on Friday, August 17th at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, hosted by special guest Misty Upham – (including salmon bake and potluck) – in celebration of Red Eagle Soaring’s 20th birthday
2pm on Saturday, August 18th at the Seattle Center House Theatre, a Next Fifty (http://www.thenextfifty.org/) celebration at Indigenous Culture’s Day 2012 (we love you, Seattle Indian Health Board, for supporting ICD)
3:30pm on Sunday, August 19th at Hibulb Cultural Center (http://www.hibulbculturalcenter.org/) in Tulalip
Thank you, dear Northwest Native Cultural Center, Seattle Center Foundation’s Next Fifty, Potlatch Fund, SpiritWalk Foundation, City of Seattle Department of Human Services, and Jeffris Wood Foundation, for your financial support of this project.
What: 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 our Native youth. Join Red Eagle Soaring for ten days of contemporary theatre, traditional music, graphic arts, creative play-writing, and making new Native friends. Every theatre also needs behind-the-scene-types to handle lighting, sound, costumes, make-up, and sets; don’t be shy! No experience necessary. Lunch is provided and all urban Native youth ages 11-19 from throughout greater Seattle are welcome.
When: 10-4 daily, Monday-Friday, August 6-18, 2012.
Where: Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center (http://www.unitedindians.org/daybreak.html) in Discovery Park, Seattle, WA. Our concluding performance on August 18th will be at the Seattle Center House Theatre on the Seattle Center campus, as part of the Seattle Center’s Next Fifty 50th anniversary celebration of the Seattle World’s Fair, and Seattle Indigenous People’s Day Celebration.
How: email Managing Director Fern Renville at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call her at 206/390-2603, to enroll your Native youth.
Why: Because you want to gain confidence, have fun, and make new Native friends.
* Seattle Indian Youth Art and Performance. ‘Siyap’ means ‘esteemed friend’ in Lushootseed, the language of the Duwamish, Seattle’s first people
Please join us for a special FREE performance of The Rememberer in celebration of Paddle to Squaxin, at 6pm on Saturday, July 28th at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Olympia, WA.
Red Eagle Soaring performs The Rememberer at Hibulb Cultural Center on Friday, June 22nd at 1pm and 6pm. Both performances are FREE and the public is welcome. http://www.hibulbculturalcenter.org/.
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 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.
Eagles Soar, Ravens Sing and Dance
Eagles Soar, Ravens Sing and Dance is the performance born out of Red Eagle Soaring’s fall 2010 The Art of Creative Storytelling class. Famed Tlingit storyteller Gene Tagaban, violinist Swil Kanim, flute-player Peter Ali, and performer Sky Dunlap joined RES youth onstage to perform Wacanga, a play celebrating the traditional stories from each of our young people’s respective tribes. Wacanga was also performed on Sunday, December 12th at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center.
Wacanga was written by Red Eagle Soaring teaching artist Drew Hobson (Pamunky).
A fanciful and physically dynamic Coast Salish-style interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, ‘Qawqs’ was performed on August 13th, 2010 at the conclusion of Red Eagle Soaring’s 12th Annual SIYAP (“Seattle Indian Youth Arts and Performance”) 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.