March 2011 is a great month for Native languages in theatre!
In Canada, the near-extinct Californian language Tongva (spoken by the Gabrieliño) is spoken in Marie Clements’ play “Tombs of the Vanishing Indian” – produced by the Native Earth Performing Arts and red diva projects on Tuesdays – Saturdays at 8 PM, and Sundays at 2:30 PM, at the Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander, Toronto (M4Y 1B4). Tickets are $25. Two-time Gemini Award winner Michelle St. John (Cree) plays the main character The Lone Woman.
In New York, the 2011 Native American Film + Video Festival runs from March 31 – April 3, where you can see films such as 15 year old Camille Manybeads Tso’s (Navajo) 20 minute short “In the Footsteps of Yellow Woman”, which is entirely in Navajo.
While in New York, stop by Brooklyn for Brooklyn Museum’s Variety of Public Programs for Exhibition Tipi including Tipi Storytelling with Dovie Thomason (Apache, Lakota) on Saturday, March 19th at 2 PM.