Play about wild rice con­flicts com­ing to Mar­ket Hall

Cot­tagers and In­di­ans writ­ten by author Drew Hay­den Tay­lor

The Peterborough Examiner - - Local - JES­SICA NYZNIK Ex­am­iner Staff Writer Jes­sica.Nyznik@pe­ter­bor­ough­

A play about the wild rice con­flicts in the Kawarthas will be fea­tured at Mar­ket Hall at the end of the month.

Cot­tagers and In­di­ans is run­ning Nov. 28 and 29 at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. It was writ­ten by

Curve Lake First Na­tion play­wright and author Drew Hay­den Tay­lor.

The piece is based on the ten­sions that piqued be­tween In­dige­nous wild rice har­vesters and home and cot­tage own­ers on Pi­geon Lake.

Although In­dige­nous peo­ple are le­gally al­lowed to har­vest wild rice, some res­i­dents in the area ob­ject, say­ing the rice is so thick they can’t nav­i­gate their boats.

In 2015, per­mits were is­sues to cer­tain res­i­dents to re­move rice from the lake, which re­ally stirred things up.

The is­sue con­tin­ues to make waves to­day. More than 300 home and cot­tage own­ers at­tended a meet­ing in En­nis­more Satur­day to dis­cuss the spread of wild rice.

Cot­tagers and In­di­ans pre­miered at Toronto’s Tar­ragon Theatre last year. It also ran in Bobca­geon at Lake­view Arts Barn at the end of Oc­to­ber.

The play fea­tures Her­bie Barnes as the har­vester and Brooke John­son as the cot­tager and is fol­lowed by a Q and A with the artists.

Be­fore the Cot­tagers and In­di­ans runs at Mar­ket Hall, there’s a free pub­lic talk about the play at the theatre on Wed­nes­day at 7:30 p.m.

Tay­lor will be in at­ten­dance along with el­der Doug Wil­liams and lo­cal rice har­vester James Whetung. The dis­cus­sion will be mod­er­ated by Anne Tay­lor, Anishi­naabe­mowin co-odi­na­tor for Curve Lake First Na­tion.

Cot­tagers and In­di­ans is pre­sented by Pub­lic En­ergy.

Tick­ets are $30 per per­son, $20 for stu­dents, se­niors and low­in­come res­i­dents and $8 for high school stu­dents. They’re avail­able at www.mar­


Author and jour­nal­ist Drew Hay­den Tay­lor talks to Adam Scott Col­le­giate film stud­ies stu­dents on Oct. 23.

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