Alberta Aboriginal Arts: They Shoot Buffalo Don't They?

By Julye Huggins
'They Shoot Buffalo, Don't They?' Untitled|Collective & Alberta Aboriginal Arts 2012

The Prismatic Festival in Halifax continues to run September 14th through 29th, presenting forty-seven performances by culturally diverse artists from across Canada. Dance shows on the roster include Raven Stole The Sun by Red Sky Performance (September 20-21), from thine eyes by Signal Theatre (September 20-23), Parashakti (Primordial Energy) by Menaka Thakkar Dance (September 21), Calm Abiding by Nova Dance (September 22-23) and They Shoot Buffalo Don’t They? by Alberta Aboriginal Arts (September 21).Conceived, directed, and developed by Ryan Cunningham from Alberta Aboriginal Arts, They Shoot Buffalo Don’t They? is part one of a trilogy of works, each created by an international Aboriginal choreographer. The trilogy explores colonization as experienced by Indigenous people from around the world. The work being shown at Prismatic Festival is the first work in the trilogy by Troy Emery Wigg, which he performs with his dancers Richard Lee and Alex Twin. Reminiscent of traditional masked ceremonial dances, the story is told through the eyes of the North American buffalo, whose slaughter echoes a cultural genocide of Indigenous peoples.This video highlights the brewing stages of part two in the trilogy, entitled Connection.1 by Australian choreographer Ian RT Colless of the Untitled Collective.
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