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Native Performance Culture and the Rhythm of Re-Conciliation: Re-Membering Ourselves in Deep Time

Native Performance Culture and the Rhythm of ReConciliation: Re-Membering Ourselves in Deep Time

As a nation built on the Doctrines of Discovery, Extinguishment and Terra Nullius, Canada’s existence,
as an internationally recognized sovereign state, relies upon a rigorous and methodical campaign to sanitize the present moment of Indigenous presence and eventually to erase all traces of Indigeneity from living memory. Resisting such erasure (in place, historical memory, or cognitive space), Indigenous artists and activists are scripting interventions for myriad “stages” through which to dislodge colonization from the Indigenous body and through which to excise the psycho-spiritual scars that affect the many survivors of relocation, re-education, the sixties scoop, forced sterilization, etc.
    Our membership is committed to facilitating such interventions; hence, we seek to plunge ourselves into “deep time,” so that we may devise works in the present moment that build legacy for future generations. It is only through painstaking engagement with the tangled history of settlement that future conciliation might be operationalized. To facilitate such conciliation in our own work, members of the Deep Time Working group have (since 2016) embraced opportunities to explore and test out the means by which to mediate possible sites (topographical, cognitive, ceremonial, and performative) of profound encounter and renewal. Additionally, we will seek opportunities to meaningfully offer our skills, time and physical labor to support Indigenous community projects that work to strengthen Indigenous individuals.

Jill Carter, FAS Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies
Myrto Koumarianos, Ph.D. student, Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies
Faculty, University of Toronto
Heidi Bohaker, FAS History
Ante Budde, FAS Drama Theatre & Performance Studies
Susan Hill, Director, FAS Indigenous Studies
Stephen Johnson, UTM English & Drama
Jon Jonson, Instructor, Woodsworth College
Pamela Klassen, FAS Study of Religion
Trina Moyan, Instructor, FAS Urban Planning
V.K. Preston, Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies
Karyn Recollet, FAS Women & Gender Studies

Faculty outside University of Toronto
Alberto Guevara, Performance Studies, York University

Independent Researchers

Dr. Erin Soros
Dr. Dolleen Manning

Community Members
Sylvia Plain, Great Lakes Canoe Project
Vivien Recollet, Anishnaabekwe Knowledge-Holder
Graduate Students, University of Toronto
Susan Aaron, OISE
Sherry Bie, OISE
James Bird, Faculty of Architecture
Paula Danckert, Diaspora & Transnational Studies
Sasha Kovacs, Diaspora & Transnational Studies
Sara McDowell, OISE
Maria Meindl, Diaspora & Transnational Studies
Sonia Norris, Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies
Jenny Salisbury, Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies

Graduate Students, outside University of Toronto

Megan Davies, Performance Studies, York University

Undergraduate Students, University of Toronto
Oliver Miller, Indigenous Studies
Sheilah Salvador, Indigenous Studies
Shurka Urechko, Indigenous Studies

Natasha Rojas, Indigenous Studies
Lydia Li, OISE / staff Hart House
Muriel Lopez, Indigenous Studies
Gabrielle Simmons, Indigenous Studies

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