Dallas Yellowfly (Siksika Nation) and Alysha Collie (The'wa´:li´ Nation) are Indigenous educational storytellers from 3 Crows Productions, a unique group dedicated to promoting anti-racism, creating awareness of the intergenerational impact of Indian Residential Schools and helping youth strengthen their mental health. Both are committed to educating the future generations of Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth through presentations, oral storytelling, live theatre performances and short film productions.
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
Raven was 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
See a preview of 3 Crow's show by registering for 'ArtStarts Presents'!
Grade Suitability: K - 9
Duration: 50 mins.
Tech Requirements: Two electrical outlets and a trolly or desk for our projector.
Fee Range: $645 - $1,245 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
The purpose of this presentation is to engage audience members of all cultural identities in a light-hearted, interactive theatre version of ?How Raven Stole th Sun while teaching about the holistic values, traditions, and culture of Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Three members from the audience are brought on stage, each developed into their character. Actors then follow Yellowfly's guidance during the narration of the story. Indigenous storyteller Dallas Yellowfly uses positive humour, high energy performance and audience participation, making the performance educational and memorable. The presentation focuses on the importance of having respect for the environment, Indigenous oral traditions, and the medicine humour provides in storytelling.
Grade Suitability: 6 - 12
Duration: 60 mins.
Capacity: 30 students
Tech Requirements: Any online conferencing app, Zoom preferred
Fee Range: $345 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
In this online storytelling session, Dallas Yellowfly (Siksika Nation) and Alysha Collie (The'wa´:li´ Nation) discuss fundamental elements of Indigenous storytelling. They will share their experience as professional Indigenous storytellers performing across BC. Both Yellowfly and Collie will introduce the traditional territories they come from and unique oral stories from those locations. They will discuss how some Indigenous stories require permissions while others are shared. Students will have the opportunity to learn about elements that accompany Indigenous storytelling such as masks and drums. Everyone will participate in an interactive story and learn to use *plot diagrams followed by a Q&A period. *Plot diagrams can be substituted for an additional Indigenous story or content on Indigenous masks.
Grade Suitability: Grade 7 - 12
Duration: 70 mins.
Tech Requirements: Large gym, theatre or auditorium capable of complete black out darkness. A trolly or desk to mount our projector.
Fee Range: $1,045 - $1545 (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 and scary theatrical multimedia storytelling presentation. The purpose of this performance is to promote anti-racism, create awareness of the inter-generational impact of Indian Residential Schools and help youth strengthen their mental health. Qwalena is an allegorical creature that represents the Indian agents who stole Indigenous children from their families and forced them into government funded Indian residential schools. Yellowfly's own father was one of these children. By blending Oral Tradition, multimedia and a bit of humour, Yellowfly hopes to promote an understanding of the Indian Act and show how youth of all cultural backgrounds can relate to the important messages he shares.