Talk­ing Stick spawns plays, con­certs, and more

The Georgia Straight - - Arts - > JANET SMITH

This year’s Talk­ing Stick Fes­ti­val theme is Scháy­il­hen, which trans­lates to “sal­mon go­ing up”. While it refers to the fish tak­ing their epic jour­ney, the metaphor speaks well to the artis­tic work that Indige­nous peo­ple have spawned here—as well as their fierce strug­gles.

With that in mind, here are some high­lights from the fes­ti­val, which flows from the Round­house Com­mu­nity Cen­tre for Arts and Re­cre­ation around the city from next Wed­nes­day (Fe­bru­ary 14) to Fe­bru­ary 24; see much more at full­cir­cle.ca/.

MAP OF THE LAND, MAP OF THE STARS (Fe­bru­ary 20 to 22 at the Round­house) Yukon’s Gwaan­dak The­atre tells the story of how the gold rush and the Alaska High­way al­tered tra­di­tional con­nec­tions be­tween land and sky, us­ing a mix of the­atre, dance, mu­sic, and strik­ing archival video and photo pro­jec­tions.

SCHÁY­IL­HEN VIS­UAL ARTS EX­HI­BI­TION (Fe­bru­ary 14 to 24 at the Round­house) Twelve Indige­nous artists ex­plore the theme of “Sal­mon go­ing up­river”. Stand­outs in­clude Shain Jack­son’s 20-foot red-cedar Legacy sal­mon sculp­ture and Jay Haven’s Bar­gain Hunter, crafted from re­tail bags he col­lected on B.C. re­serves.

HEARTBEATZ! (Fe­bru­ary 17 at the Rus­sian Hall) South­ern Tutchone/tlin­git singer Diyet, who mashes rock-tinged alt-folk with tra­di­tional First Na­tions mu­sic, head­lines a con­cert of young Indige­nous stars.

MÉTIS KITCHEN PARTY (Fe­bru­ary 18 at the Round­house) Fol­low the sounds of fid­dles to an au­then­tic af­ter­noon cel­e­bra­tion, com­plete with the Louis Riel Métis Dancers, jig work­shops, and more.

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