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Aiysiniiksin: Keeping the Tradition Alive

Aiysiniiksin: Keeping the Tradition Alive, a new podcast hosted by Darylina Powderface, centres Indigenous stories, experiences, and ways of being, doing, knowing and creating through the embodiment of oral storytelling.

Starting Summer 2021

Darylina Powderface

tûmnârha tâgan, translates to Hummingbird in Stoney Nakoda, a traditional name gifted by her late grandfather, Ru-ya îûwîn’ (Keeper of the Eagle Clan), also known as Gerald Powderface. Her English given name, Darylina Powderface, a proud member of mînî thnî, Stoney Nakoda Nation, and Blackfoot from Siksika Nation, both on Treaty 7 territory. She’s been an uninvited guest on unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Tsleil-Waututh and Qayqayt Nations for over 8 years.

 

Darylina wears many hats in the arts community, from acting, to writing, directing and producing, to audio and video editing and mixing, to filmmaking, to community engagement and clowning around in parks.

 

Darylina received a diploma with Honours in the Acting for Film & Television Program at the Vancouver Institute of Media Arts (VanArts, 2012), and is a recent graduate (Spring 2020) of the BFA Theatre Performance Program at Simon Fraser University (SFU).

 

Upcoming work in film: Still Here (Actor, writer, producer, videographer).

 

Darylina thanks Savage Society and the BC Arts Council’s Early Career Development Program for supporting the development of this podcast series.

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You used to call me Marie...

You used to call me Marie…’ follows two souls through eight Métis love stories at eight distinct periods in history. Moving through different lives, we watch Iskwewo, Napew and Mistatim before and after the colonization of Treaty 6.

 

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Knaksht: The Helping Hand

Kevin Loring, in collaboration with Ronnie Dean Harris, spent time this year working on research and development for the new play Knaksht: The Helping Hand. The story involves a Scottish immigrant from the Shetland Isles who settled in present day Spences Bridge within the Nlaka’pamux Nation and became a close friend and ally of the chiefs of the allied Interior Tribes of British Columbia at a very crucial time.

Instrumental in recording the diminishing culture of the Interior tribes at the turn of the 20th century due to the impacts of colonization, James Teit married into the tribe and learned the language fluently. He was also responsible for recording many of the wax cylinders featuring traditional Nlaka’pamux singers used in Savage Society’s community projects today. This new play will tell the story of Teit’s friendship with Chief Telhníts’a7 [Tetlanetza] of Spences Bridge and their struggle to fight for Indigenous rights during the most harrowing time of our shared history.