What do the voices of the next generation of Native artists sound like? Indigenous Rising: An Evening of NextGen Native Artists presents a vivid sampling on Wednesday, January 30, in shows at 7 and 8:30 pm, in intimate Warner Bentley Theater.
The multifaceted show is guest-curated by Andre Bouchard, of Kootenai and Ojibwe descent. An arts organizer from the American Northwest, Bouchard is on a mission to bring great indigenous performing artists to the world’s attention. For this show, he brings to the Hop stage the founder of Theatre from the District, Ronee Penoi (Laguna Pueblo/Cherokee), to present her Indian School Project. The piece is a work-in-progress that uses song and satire to tell the harrowing history of Carlisle Indian School and the brutal assimilation enforced under its motto “Kill the Indian, Save the Man.” Along with Penoi, Two Spirit Sugpiaq/Black/Choctaw poet and interdisciplinary artist Storme Webber will present Casino: A Palimpsest, a multimedia show of poetry, family photographs and archival records about one of the oldest gay bars on the West Coast, the Casino. And last but not least, “Alter-Native” trio Scotti Clifford and Spirits Cry, a rock-blues trio will fuse rock, blues and alternative rock to finish the evening with an invigorating vibe.
Watch Storme Webber perform a poem at the City Arts Fest Seattle, 2010.
The evening is part of Dartmouth’s overdue initiative to place art by and about Native people front and center—especially as the college approaches the 250th anniversary of its founding. Indigenous Rising is the Hop’s second collaboration with Bouchard, the first being last season’s performance by Native American “drag clown” Anthony Hudson.
The evening builds on themes developed in films this year at the Hop. In fall, that series included a sold-out screening of the documentary Dawnland, about Indian children in foster care in Maine, with a post-show talk including co-producer Bruce Duthu, Dartmouth’s Samson Occom Professor of Native American Studies; the documentary Chamisso’s Shadow, with a post-screening discussion with its creator, German filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger; and the drama Woman Walks Ahead. On January 20, the Hop will screen the documentary Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World.
Indigenous Rising at the Hop is funded in part by the Wetzel Family Fund for the Arts and the Class of 1961 Legacy: The American Tradition in Performance Fund.