Storytelling is an oral tradition that Indigenous speaker Dallas Yellowfly blends with modern multimedia tools to create intrigue on a controversial subject. Using his experience in stand-up comedy, filmmaking, and songwriting, Yellowfly creates an engaging multimedia experience for audiences of all ages. This presentation is designed for non-Aboriginal audiences. The intention of the presenter is to promote oral traditions to all students as well as an understanding of how many Indigenous youth can develop a strong cultural identity in the wake of residential schools.
The most accessible presentation that our students will ever hear in terms of the personal cost of residential schools across the generations of one family?The students and adults, including me, were all transfixed both by your storytelling ability and also your powerful use of multi-media. Sylvia Russell, Superintendent, Maple Ridge SD42
Qwalena was the single most powerful assembly that I have experienced in my ten year teaching career. This is a must see production for every school, student, and teacher in our province Dustin Hyde, Aboriginal Education Teacher, Penticton, SD67
One of my favourite presentations because you were funny and you make me smile?try to keep your amazing personality with you. Student, Surrey, SD36
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Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 60 mins.
Capacity: 1,600 students
Tech Requirements: access to outlets
Fee Range: $635 - $1,035 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
The purpose of this presentation is to teach all students about the values, traditions and culture of Indigenous peoples of the Northwest coast. Youth of all ages and cultures are encouraged to understand more by using a bit of positive humour, high energy performance and a high level of audience participation keeping it engaging and educational. The presentation focuses on holistic values and storytelling which are both significant elements of First Nations culture.
Grade Suitability: 8 - 12
Duration: 70 mins.
Capacity: Theatre or Gym capacity
Tech Requirements: access to outlets and a room capable of black-out darkness with zero outside light
Fee Range: $1,035 - $1,485 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
Indigenous storyteller Dallas Yellowfly brings Qwalena: The Wild Woman Who Steals Children to life in this unique theatrical multimedia storytelling presentation. The purpose of this presentation is to create awareness on the inter-generational impact of Indian residential schools. Qwalena is the allegorical creature that represents the Indian agents who stole Aboriginal children from their families and forced them into government funded Indian residential schools. Yellowfly's own father was one of these children.