509 is a powerful story that weaves the personal experiences of MT7 Artistic Director Justin Many Fingers with a Blackfoot story told to him as a child. The Blackfoot believe that after death, our spirits go to the sacred hills where the living and spirit world meet. There, Napi (the Blackfoot trickster), guides you to the other side, accompanied by the spirit of the buffalo herd.
October 10-18, 2019
Note: Student Pricing has been added to the evening performances
2nd Annual Visual Arts Exhibit
Our Annual Indigenous Art Exhibition is back for it’s second year and this time it will be travelling to a few incredible venues in our city!
cSPACE King Edward: September 18-29, 2019
Arts Commons: October – December, 2019
Central Library – December 2019
Mohkinstsis and Gathering Spaces Today
May 27, 2019
Making Treaty 7 and Arts commons are pleased to announce the launch of a new visual arts residency for Indigenous Artists that addresses our common goal of creating space to celebrate and centre Indigenous artistic identity and knowledge through: mentorship and discussion, artistic creation, exhibition, and knowledge sharing with the broader community. We are seeking two (2) Indigenous Artists for this residency. Artist Fee and Material Fees for Exhibition and Residency is provided.
The Napi Project
Feb 15, 2019 to March 7, 2020
The culmination of a co-operative Artist in Residence program with Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society, this project will explore the tradition of Trickster, and stories that examine our morals and the choices we face. The project will be an exploration of what this cultural character evokes and inspires in an artist.
Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society
The Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society explores the historical significance of the events at Blackfoot Crossing in 1877, while investigating the consequences and implications of Treaty 7, 141 years later. The Society invites people of all ages and backgrounds to consider an enlightened, sustainable future for everyone – together.
Justin Many Fingers - Artistic Director
Oki Niistoo Niitanikoo Misuniniskum (I am Long time Buffalo Rock). My name is Justin Many Fingers, my parents are Marvin and Trina Many Fingers. My grandparents are the late Gordon and Loretta Many Fingers, and Herman Heavy Shields and Isabel Black Water.
I am deeply humbled to be appointed as the new Artistic Director of The Making Treaty 7 Company. I am a Blackfoot performing artist from the Kainai Nation in Southern Alberta.
My vision and focus is to continue to bring forward the voices and stories of the Blackfoot people and with our brothers and sisters of the Tsuut’ina and Stoney Nation through the artists and the Elders.
For many years I have worked with performing arts organizations both national and international, Native and Non-Native, mentoring with leaders on the artistic and managing forefront. The skill set passed down to me are my roots which ground me as I continue to push for innovation and excellence.
My artistic mission is to work together with existing arts organizations here in Mohhkintstis (Calgary) and to support this city in becoming the national playground for Indigenous arts here on Turtle Island – including hosting our relatives who are over seas.
As the artistic leader I am committed to creating original works as well as presenting productions and creating a path for theatre, dance, and music in the form of annually festivals. I see the amount of unique visual artists from this territory and want to work closely with them, offering the opportunities that these artists deserve.
Narcisse Blood and Michael Green
The Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society would like to acknowledge the late ELK SHADOW / PONA KO’TAKSI, also known as Michael Green, and MIDDLE BULL / TATSIKIISTAMIK, also known as Narcisse Blood. Elk Shadow was the founder and visionary behind the Making Treaty 7 project. We celebrate his commitment to a shared belief that “WE ARE ALL TREATY PEOPLE”. We are committed to ensuring that his spirit will live on. Elk Shadow, One of Long Vision, had no boundaries and could not see color. He was an inspiration to everyone he touched. “This is the most rewarding and electrified piece of art that I have ever created in over 30 years,” he told us, “and to have, through this process, through the Sundance, been blessed with a spiritual awakening is a gift I could never have expected.” Middle Bull was the Cultural and Spiritual Advisor to Making Treaty 7. He was the Grandfather to the cast and crew; he was the walking encyclopedia of our language, our culture and our history.
Together, Middle Bull and Elk Shadow brought First Nations and non-First Nations together. They were the heart and soul of Making Treaty 7.
Kitaitamatsin or Until We Meet Again…