Indigenous storyteller Dallas Yellowfly is from the Siksika Nation (Blackfoot First Nation). Having been born and raised on Coast Salish, Sto:lo, territory he has been taught both coastal culture and plains culture from Elders. Sharing culture in the classrooms, Dallas has been working in Aboriginal Education for over 17 years. Using his experience in stand-up comedy and storytelling Dallas is presenting across the province focused on increasing awareness of Indigenous perspectives in education
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
Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 55 mins.
Capacity: Theatre or gym capacity
Tech Requirements: Two electrical outlets and a trolly or desk for our projector.
Fee Range: $645 - $1,045 (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 the Sun" while teaching about the holistic values, traditions, and culture of Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast. 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: Grade 8 - 12
Duration: 70 mins.
Capacity: Theatre or gym capacity
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 - $1,495 (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.
Grade Suitability: 6 - 12
Duration: 60 mins.
Capacity: 30 students
Tech Requirements: Projector screen or whiteboard. Room capable of darkness
Fee Range: $520 - $1020 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
Dallas Yellowfly provides an interactive storytelling workshop. Students learn the importance of storytelling to Indigenous people. Several Indigenous stories are shared with varying degrees of engagement from traditional oral storytelling to multimedia theatre. This workshop includes a question and answer period.