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Medicine Shows - Indigenous Performance Culture

Medicine Shows

Indigenous Performance Culture

By Yvette Nolan
Subjects: Theatre Studies, Indigenous Playwrights, Prairie Playwrights, Saskatchewan, Non-Fiction / Essays, Women Writers
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9781770913455, 184 pages, May 2015
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781770913479, 184 pages, May 2015
Ebook (PDF) : 9781770913462, 184 pages, May 2015


  • Short-listed, City of Saskatoon and Public Library Saskatoon Book Award 2016


Contemporary Indigenous theatre in Canada is only thirty-three years old, if one begins counting from the premiere of Maria Campbell’s Jessica in Saskatoon and the establishment of Native Earth Performing Arts in Toronto. Since those contemporaneous events in 1982, the Canadian community of Indigenous theatre artists has grown and inspired one another. Medicine Shows: Indigenous Performance Culture traces the work of a host of these artists over the past three decades, illuminating the connections, the artistic genealogy, and the development of a contemporary Indigenous theatre practice. Neither a history nor a chronicle,Medicine Shows examines how theatre has been used to make medicine, reconnecting individuals and communities, giving voice to the silenced and disappeared, staging ceremony, and honouring the ancestors.