Making Treaty 7 Proudly Presents OKOTOKS
Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society is proud to present OKOTOKS, a story of survival and resilience that will leave you breathless, from February 26th and 27th, 2019, at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.
OKOTOKS tells the story of Holy Bear Woman, a young Blackfoot girl who survived the Baker massacre in 1870 where almost 300 elders, women and children were killed while their men were in search of Buffalo, their life source. The story will leave you in awe of her resilience and strength, proof of which is seen in the fact that her bloodline has survived - Justin Many Fingers, Artistic Director of Making Treaty 7 and director of OKOTOKS - is one of her many descendants.
"As I create work, I am always trying to work with the Blackfoot Paradigm of the culture and always breaking down the story, the dance, and the song. I believe that in the Blackfoot culture every story has a dance, every dance has a song and that every song tells a story," said Justin Many Fingers.
The Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society (MT7) produces art that tells the stories of historic events with the hope to inspire new relationships across cultures and generations, long into the future. What makes their performances different, and important, is that they are grounded in and come from local First Nations' oral tradition. These are their stories - their truths - as shared by Elders and Knowledge Keepers with artists who have then interpreted and developed a theatrical performance.
Performance Times - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium . 7:30 pm on February 26th & 27th, 2019. TICKETS are on sale at https://www.ticketmaster.ca/making-treaty-7-tickets/artist/2590849
Justin Many Fingers is a founding member and the new Artistic Director of the Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society. His Canadian name is Justin Many Fingers, and is a Queer, Indigenous, disabled, and MAD artist from the Kanawa Blackfoot Reserve in Southern Alberta. Justin is an international artist who studied in performing arts. He has worked with the Artists and companies from Australia, Thailand, Nunavut, Japan, Greenland, United States of America, and Mexico. Justin is a graduate of the Centre for Indigenous Theatre, three-year acting conservatory. He also studied at the Soulpepper Actors Academy and their 2012 season. Justin has studied in both western and indigenous performing art forms for five and a half years throughout Canada. The Elders he has learned from and work with are Narcisse Blood, Alvine Mountainhorse, Beverly Hungry Wolf, and Raymond Many Bears.
Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society presents entertainment pieces and learning experiences for all Canadians. Inspirational, educational, and entertaining, the Making Treaty 7 performances tell a fundamental story of Alberta's past and hopes to inspire new relationships across cultures and generations, long into the future. The Society invites all ages and backgrounds to consider an enlightened, sustainable future for everyone, together. Follow us on Facebook/Twitter and Instagram @makingtreaty7.