Ancestralizing the Present

Ancestralizing the Present

Saturday June 10, 2017 | 1-7pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre

Free admission

Git Hayetsk/photo Chris Randle

This day of performances, talks, and events explores the ways in which First Nations protocol informs collaborative works created in partnership by Indigenous and non-Indigenous dance artists.

Ancestralizing describes the ways in which Indigenous artists draw upon ancient ways of being, knowing, and relationships to territories, to create work that activates the present so that it becomes the future. As future ancestors, these artists create new works that become the ancient songs and dances of generations to come.


Spakwus Slulem (Eagle Song Dancers)
Git Hayetsk (People of the Copper Shield)

Curator: Dr Mique’l Dangeli, PhD

Aeriosa/photo Tonya Eng


1-1.30pm Performances: Spakwus Slulem and Aeriosa                                

1.30-1.45pm Workshop: Learn a social dance (Gathering of the Eagles)

2-2.30pm Talkback and Q&A: Mique’l Dangeli, Spakwus Slulem, Aeriosa   

2.30-3pm Talk: An introduction to Mique’l Dangeli’s research on First Nations protocol, collaborative practices, and ancestralizing the present                

3-3.30pm Performance: Thunderbird Song & Dance by Git Hayetsk            

3.45-4.15pm Talkback Panel: Collaborations between Indigenous people of different First Nations, with Mique’l Dangeli, Margo Kane, Rebecca Campbell

4.15-4.45pm Thunderbird Collaboration Workshop Demonstration

5-5.30 Final Performance: New collaborative work by Aeriosa, Spakwus Slulem, and Git Hayetsk

5.45-7pm Closing Remarks and Reception

Spukwus Slulem/Ben Z Cooper

On the blog: Understanding Northwest Coast First Nations Dance

Please note the schedule is subject to change.

Photos top to bottom: Git Hayetsk/Chris Randle; Aeriosa/Tonya Eng; Spakwus Slulem/Ben Z Cooper