Don't Feed the Indians by Murielle Borst-Tarrant
Part of Pangea's Indigenous Voices Series and co-presented with Intermedia Arts
This show happens at
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
November 20, 7:30pm Sliding Scale $10-25
November 21, 7:30pm $15 advance $18 at door
November 22, 4:30pm $15 advance $18 at door
Please join us! If you can not afford ticket price $10 tickets are avaiable by calling the box office or at the door all three shows if seats are avaiable. Box Office-
612-871-4444 Monday-Friday 10AM-6PM
Watch out when Indian show business meets the Doctrine of Discovery. A raucous play and political satire loosely based on Dante's Inferno. A comedic look at the negative marginalization of Indigenous Peoples and the appropriation of Indigenous cultural and intellectual property. See what happens when the Indians push back.
Part of Pangea World Theater’s Indigenous Voices series in November, this performance brings Brooklyn-based Murielle Borst-Tarrant (of the renowned Spiderwomen Theater) to Minneapolis for three performances of this satirical and powerful look at the ongoing history of racism and the misappropriation of Native images in popular culture.
The primary basis for Don’t Feed the Indians: A Divine Comedy Pageant! Is the Discovery Doctrine; the concept of international law giving land rights to discoverers and not the native inhabitants of the land. Borst-Tarrant brilliantly houses the language of the Discovery Doctrine within the framework of Dante’s Inferno, where the Indians are the guides Virgil and Beatrice, and the audience become Dante, observing the basic human rights violations of Native Americans in the arts throughout history.
Although told through comedy and musical theater flair, the performance meticulously explores the normalcy of the colonizer’s gaze of the Indigenous body and expertly shifts and reclaims the gaze and the point of view to the Native lens. Don’t Feed The Indians: A Divine Comedy Pageant! examines the element of comic survival of pain through humor in Native society.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Murielle Borst-Tarrant, Kuna/Rappahannock Nations is an author, playwright, director, producer, producer, cultural artist, educator, and human rights activist. Author of the Fantasy series The Star Medicine she also works on the deconstructing of methods of the arts in Native communities in urban
areas across the country, Canada, and in the New York City education system. She also consults many urban and non- urban universities on the development on Native theater programming. Nominated for the Rockefeller grant in 2001, won a Native Heart Award and was the only Native American Women to have her work to be selected by the Olympic Games in Sydney Australia at the Sydney Opera House for her one woman show “ More than Feathers and Beads”. She served as the Special Assistant and liaison to Tonya Gonnella Frichner the North American Regional representative to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Directed Muriel Miquel “Red Mother” nationally and Internationally. Keynote Speaker for the Indigenous Women’s Symposium at Trent University. Global Indigenous Woman’s Caucus Chair ( North America ) in 2013 to May of 2014. Recently selected to speak on Repetition, Tradition and Change: Native oral history and contemporary art practice in hostel post- colonial times at the International Conference at the Muthesius Academy of Art in Kiel Germany and the Norwegian Theater Academy. Named by Anne Hamilton in American Theatre Magazine as one of the most influential women in American Theater. Director of Safe Harbors Indigenous Arts/Theater Collective at LaMaMa Theater.
Reception & Post-Show Talkback
November 20, 2015 | Friday
Join the cast and crew for snacks and a discussion after the show.
Reception & Post-Show Talkback
November 21, 2015 | Saturday
Stick around after the show for a discussion with the cast and crew hosted by Pangea World Theater.