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Indigenous Voices
Part of Morphologies: Queer Performance Festival and the Indigenous Voices Series
SHAKING OUR SHELLS: STORIES FROM ON THE WINGS OF WADADUGA
Co-presented with Pangea World Theater, 20% Theater Company, and RARE Productions
Written and Performed by Qwo-Li Driskill


PERFORMANCES: 7:30PM, November 18 & 19
TICKETS: $12 student, senior | $15 general

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Shaking Our Shells: Stories from On the Wings of Wadaduga is an ongoing historiographical performance project that focuses on revising archived and embodied Cherokee Two-Spirit/GLBTQ memories. Drawing on archival research and interviews, this one-person performance shares stories from Cherokee cultural memory about two GLBTQ people within the context of larger tactics for decolonization and continuance.


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Qwo-Li Driskill is a Cherokee Two-Spirit/Queer writer, scholar, educator, activist, and performer also of African, Irish, Lenape, Lumbee, and Osage ascent. S/he is the author ofWalking with Ghosts: Poems and the co-editor of Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Inverventions is Theory, Politics, and Literature and Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature. Hir artistic and scholarly work appears in numerous publications, and s/he performs and facilitates workshops at events across Turtle Island. Qwo-Li grew up in rural Colorado and earned a PhD in Rhetoric & Writing at Michigan State University in 2008. S/he is currently an assistant professor in the Department of English at Texas A&M University, where Qwo-Li teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in rhetoric & writing, and continues to research Queer and Two-Spirit Indigenous politics and identities, particularly of Cherokee Queer/Two-Spirit people, as well as critical ethnic studies, historiography, oral history performance, Native language restoration, healing historical trauma, radical pedagogies, and Red-Black Studies. An activist since the early 90s, Qwo-Li is committed to radical social transformation and intersectional politics. Hir activism is deeply rooted in and informed by Native decolonization movements, Queer/Trans/GLBT communities of color, feminisms, poor/working-class politics, and (dis)ability movements. Qwo-Li’s work as a poet, performer, scholar, and educator is entwined with struggles for social justice and healing.


ABOUT THE INDIGENOUS VOICES SERIES

The Indigenous Voices Series was created by Pangea World Theater in 2001 to explore issues in the indigenous agenda, focusing not only on internal details but also the wider global and national contexts through the medium of theater and performance art. In this series, local, national, and international artists raise issues that affect their community – issues of identity, rights, struggles, and experiences.

MORPHOLOGIES: Queer Performance Festival will present performance and collaborative arts that expose, highlight and expand the spectrum of queer expression and culture, and the transformative social impact it has on the world. MORPHOLOGIES promotes the lives, politics, and experiences of the queer community, both locally and nationally. MORPHOLOGIES is co-produced by Pangea World Theater, 20% Theatre Company, and RARE Productions.


ABOUT PANGEA WORLD THEATER

Pangea World Theater illuminates the human condition, celebrates cultural differences, and promotes human rights by creating and presenting international, multi-disciplinary theater. www.pangeaworldtheater.org


ABOUT 20% THEATER COMPANY

20% Theatre Company is committed to supporting and vigorously promoting the work of female and transgender theatre artists, and celebrating the unique contribution of these artists to social justice and human rights.  www.tctwentypercent.org


ABOUT RARE PRODUCTIONS

RARE Productions is an arts and entertainment media production company, promoting, producing, and co-creating opportunities and events utilizing innovative artistic methods and strategies, with a focus on engaging LGBTQ artists of color and allies. www.rareproductionsmpls.com


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.