Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society Presents
October 10th - 18th, 2019
608 1 St SW, Calgary, Alberta
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.
“509 looks at my Blackfoot First Nations upbringing as a child of our stories, singing, and dance,” said Justin Many Fingers.“Through the characters of Napi (Blackfoot Trickster) and Garret, 509 explores what I call the middle place, the unknown of the spirit world – life or death, real and not real – and hope for what is.”
Justin Many Fingers
Napi, Grandpa, Mother
Mii-Sum-In-Iskum (Long Time Buffalo Rock) Is a founding member and the new Artistic Director of the Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society. His Canadian name is Justin Many Fingers, and is a Queer, Indigenous, disabled, and MAD artist from the Kanawa Blackfoot Reserve in Southern Alberta. Justin is a international artist who studied in performing arts. He has worked with the Artists and companies from Australia, Thailand, Nunavut, Japan, Greenland, United States of America, and Mexico. Justin is a graduate of the Centre for Indigenous Theatre, three-year acting conservatory. He also studied at the Soulpepper Actors Academy and their 2012 season. Justin has studied in both western and indigenous performing art forms for five and a half years through out Canada. The Elders he has learned from and work with are Narcisse Blood, Alvine Mountainhorse, Beverly Hungry Wolf, and Raymond Many Bears.
Zach Running Coyote
Zach Running Coyote is a Calgary based actor and playwright, artist in residence at Making Treaty 7, and recent graduate of Rosebud School of the Arts. He is thrilled to join the company of 509! Credits: For Making Treaty 7: Okotoks (2019) The Napi Project (Upcoming) Elsewhere: Bright Star, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol, Cariboo Magi (Rosebud Theatre) Romeo and Juliet (Primestock Theatre) Kohkum & me (The Rest of Us Theatre Co).
Thanks to Anna for constant love and support, (And for being the name on my emergency contact forms) and Creator for the gift of story.
Elizabeth is originally from Siksika Nation; part of the Blackfoot Confederacy in Treaty #7 located in southern Alberta. She is a Calgary based artist focusing on theatre and dance. Select stage acting credits includes: Kaahsinnoniks, Kiitistsinnoniks (Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society), We Are All Treaty People (Quest Theatre, Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society), Survival Cycles, The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs (TheatreXtra), The Christmas Tree (Torchlight Theatre), Carrie: The Musical, Dreams (University of Lethbridge). Elizabeth would love to thank her friends and family for their constant love and support.
Ayla Modeste is a Nehiyaw, Gwich’in Dancer and Story Teller from Edmonton. She uses her dance training and love for connection to create stories that explore expression in many movement forms.
Iskwêtew Iskwêwak, a burlesque inspired performance group was created by Ayla and other Indigenous Womxn to bring sexual liberation into Indigenous Culture. Ayla has performed for many local Edmonton shows including; Shumka’s “Ancestors and Elders”, Mile Zero Dance Performances, Azimuth Theatre Performances, Nuit Blanche Edmonton, Edmonton’s Fringe Festival and more. Ayla facilitates dance classes for adults and youth who wish to use dance as a form of training and/or healing.
Ayla is grateful and honoured to be collaborating with such a dynamic group of individuals in Making Treaty 7
Justin Many Fingers – Writer, Director & Choreographer
Marshall Vielle – Assistant Director
Alejandro Ronceria – Dramaturge
Neil Fleming – Set & Lighting Designer; Production Manager
Edgardo Moreno – Sound Designer/Composer
Chad Blain – Audio Engineer
Jolane Houle – Wardrobe Designer
Nova Lea Thorne – Stage Manager
Claire Bolton – Assistant Stage Manager
Aldona Barutowicz – Publicist