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Indigenous storyteller Dallas Yellowfly brings "Qwalena: The Wild Woman Who Steals Children'' to life in this unique and scary theatrical multimedia storytelling performance. The purpose of this performance is to promote anti-racism, create awareness of the Indian Act, the intergenerational impact of Indian Residential Schools and strengthen communities through education.
In a dark theatre to the steady beat of a drum, Yellowfly tells a scary story of a girl who is born different and bullied by kids in her community. She runs away to the forest where she stays hidden. Over time Qwalena becomes the wild woman who makes whistling sounds and steals children who search for her in the woods.
Yellowfly explains Qwalena is an allegorical creature that represents the Indian agents who stole Indigenous children from their families and forced them into government funded Indian Residential Schools. Yellowfly’s father was one of these children.
By blending Oral Tradition, education, multimedia and a bit of humour, Yellowfly hopes to promote an understanding of present day impacts of the Indian Act and how people of all cultural backgrounds can relate to the importance of identifying the intergenerational traumas that exist in our own families.
TRIGGER WARNING: Conversations surrounding physical abuse, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, and homicide.
Strobe lights for those who are photosensitive and loud sounds to those with auditory sensitivities also may be a trigger to some folks.
Suitable for audience members 13+
Tickets are pay what you can/by donation with a $25 recommendation.
All proceeds will be donated to local Indigenous led organizations- please see below.
Dallas Yellowfly is a member of the Siksika First Nation, who was born and raised on Stó:lō territory practising coastal cultures. After completing a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology/Anthropology, he pursued both stand up comedy and music professionally. He recorded two rock/metal albums, toured Canada as a professional guitar player
Dallas Yellowfly is a member of the Siksika First Nation, who was born and raised on Stó:lō territory practising coastal cultures. After completing a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology/Anthropology, he pursued both stand up comedy and music professionally. He recorded two rock/metal albums, toured Canada as a professional guitar player, and had his comedy featured on CBC radio. Dallas filmed, scored and produced "Our Story", a documentary showcasing two residential school survivors. He has written and performed "Qwalena: The Wild Woman Who Steals Children", a multimedia storytelling presentation exploring the intergenerational impact of residential schools on his family. Dallas blends his experience in stand up comedy, music, and film making to create engaging multimedia storytelling performances.
Alysha Collie is a multidisciplinary Indigenous artist from the Soowahlie First Nation mixed with settler and African ancestry. Collie graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Biology and minoring in Visual Arts. Collie studied traditional plant medicines with guidance from Elders a
Alysha Collie is a multidisciplinary Indigenous artist from the Soowahlie First Nation mixed with settler and African ancestry. Collie graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Biology and minoring in Visual Arts. Collie studied traditional plant medicines with guidance from Elders and professors. She was integral to creating the Reconciliation Shakespeare Garden at UFV, a space bringing Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities together through plants and storytelling. She now transfers this knowledge through Guided Forest Tours. She is an Indigenous Educational Storyteller and a Filmmaker at 3 Crows Productions. Collie has produced 15 films focussing on Indigenous Peoples and their unique stories. She created a Storytelling Workshop exploring stories from her nation to inspire youth. Collie has also produced a live multimedia show which explores the intergenerational impacts of cultural genocide on her family. She creates custom beadwork through her own company, The Collie Collective (@Collie.Collective on Instagram). Collie focuses on decolonization by reclaiming her ancestral roots.
The Friendship Centre, a charitable organization provides programs in health, welfare, social services, human rights, culture, education, recreation and equality for all genders of aboriginal people of all age groups. The Friendship Centre emphasizes the philosophies and values of varied aboriginal cultures and traditions. With over 50 years of providing essential services to the urban aboriginal community, the VAFCS has helped families, youth, adults, elders and children maintain their aboriginal cultural ties and values. The VAFCS has also helped aboriginal people access education, housing needs and support for families. The Friendship Centre strives to provide holistic and cultural services to all of its community members.
Aboriginal Mother Centre Society (AMCS) is a place where Aboriginal mothers, whom are facing homelessness and/or dealing with their child/ren in care of the Ministry, can come to stay. The women can rebuild their sense of self-worth and identity for a better future for themselves and their children. AMCS is a place where they can come to be together as a family. This place would be the best fitting for babies, children, and mothers, anybody who is coming through a block in their life.
Kílala Lelum (Urban Indigenous Health and Healing Cooperative) aims to partner Indigenous Elders with physicians and allied health professionals to provide physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual care to the community in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
UNYA's focus since its inception in 1988 has been to provide meaningful opportunities for Indigenous youth (Aboriginal, Metis, Inuit, First Nations, Status, Non-Status) in the urban setting. Our goal is to be a safe place for Indigenous youth to come and find out about programs and services at UNYA and in the broader community. UNYA strives to support Indigenous youth by providing a diverse continuum of advocacy, preventative and support services that respond to their immediate and long-term needs. Today, UNYA delivers 20+ programs, with 175+ volunteers, 100 staff, and more than 300 community partners.