Native Youth Storytelling Workshop
The Native Storytelling Youth Theatre Workshop is a program for teen-aged Native youth. The Workshop is an opportunity for youth to build their connections to traditional Native culture and storytelling, to meet other Native youth in a positive environment, and to become involved in the effort to preserve and revitalize the Native languages of the Inland Northwest. The Workshop is being presented as part of the 2014 Celebrating Salish Conference.
We are inviting a limited number of chaperoned groups with 3 to 10 youth from local Native communities to participate in the Native Storytelling Youth Theatre Workshop. In order to participate, groups must bring a traditional story from their community that they would like to perform at the workshop. The story must include at least some words in their respective language, and might be ALL in the language. Each group is encouraged to have worked their traditional story before coming to the conference. Once here, the youth group will receive skills, knowledge, and encouragement to make this a special performance for us all. There will be some stage props available for your performance at the conference but each group is encouraged to bring any special props/costumes needed for their story performance.
The Youth Theatre Workshop is led by Don McLaughlin, retired Lecturer and Theatre Faculty at Eastern Washington University for fifteen years. Five years ago, he began to assist with the Kalispel Ambassador's Program at Cusick High School with the goal of helping them develop native language skills through productions of live theatre. The workshops will focus upon developing the skills of storytelling through the use of the performer’s body, voice, and mind. Students will learn the importance of warming up for performance-stretching, breathing, interacting and energizing. Students will learn the jargon of the theatre-upstage, downstage, stage left and stage right. Students will also play theatre games, using Native words to aid in communication and to find the “fun” in performance and aiding in the creation of characters. Finally, the participants will rehearse with their group for the performance at the close of the 2014 Celebrating Salish Conference.
All youth and chaperones participating in the Native Storytelling Youth Theatre Workshop must be registered. In addition to attending the youth workshop, each participant will receive entrance to all of the 2014 Celebrating Salish Conference events, including general sessions and meals. If you are interested in sending a group of youth from your community please contact the following organizers. Registration for the Youth Theatre Workshop is separate from the regular conference registration so please contact the following organizers for more information. The Salish Institute from St. Ignatius, MT is organizing this Youth Theatre Workshop. Call or email the following people for more information and to receive a registration packet.
Rosie Matt firstname.lastname@example.org 406-273-1537
Echo Brown email@example.com 406-212-2886