Watch out when Indian show business meets the Doctrine of Discovery! A raucous play and political satire loosely based on Dante’s Divine Comedy. A comedic Native-Aesthetic look at the marginalization of Indigenous Peoples and the appropriation of Indigenous cultural and intellectual property. See what happens when the Indians push back.
The audience is taken into a world of Indian show business and show biz Indians taking the journey in the history of misappropriation of Native images and racism in film, theater, and pop culture through the point of view of the Native lens.
Conceived, written and directed by Murielle Borst-Tarrant
Musical Director Kevin Tarrant
Dramaturg Morgan Jenness
Scenic Design Ann Mirjam Vaikla
Lighting Design Cecilia Durban
Costume Design Sheldon Raymore
Composers Dawn Avery and Kevin Tarrant
Production Manager and Rehearsal Stage Manager Deborah Ratelle
Local Stage Manager Suzanne Victoria Cross
Local Assistant Stage Manager Deidra Beauchamp
Lighting Technician Mike Wangen
Assistant Lighting Technician Becky Raines
Video Editor Dan Silver
NYC Stage Manager Pamela McCaddin
NYC Assistant Stage Manager Travis Richardson
Specialty Beadwork Nadonis Tarrant
Voiceovers Muriel Miguel, Louis Mofsie
Sound Technician Eric M.C. Gonzalez
Tyson Merrick (Mandan, Arikara, and Dakota)
Crow Bellecourt (Bad River Chippewa)
Sir Curtis Kirby III (Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe)
Live Theater Performance Video Produced by Mindtwist Studio
ProducerCici Yixuan Wu
Camera Operators Sebastian Schnabel and Cici Yixuan Wu
Editor Sebastian Schnabel
Original “Tipi Backdrop” Designed by Louis Mofsie
Original score and background piano by Chee Chee Thunderbird
“Creation” video co-produced with the family and community of Penny Couchie and Sid Bobb and Nipissing First Nation, Ontario, Canada. Featured dancer Animikiikwe Couchie-Waukey.
Family photos, courtesy of the Miguel and Tarrant families.
Additional jewelry items were crafted in the Josephine Mofsie Tarrant Sewing Project. This project was crafted in memory of three generations of seamstresses – mother-in-law, grandmother, and mother of Josephine Mofsie Tarrant.