About this Event
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+
Doors at 7PM/Show at 7:30PM
Tickets are pay what you can/by donation ($25 recommendation)
All proceeds will be going to the following local Indigenous led organizations:
Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Society
" 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
" 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
"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."
Urban Native Youth Association
" 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."
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Tightrope Impro Theatre, 2343 Main Street, Vancouver, Canada