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Kamloopa: an indigenous matriarch story - kim senklip harvey with the fire company

TIME: All.
SPACE: The Multiverse.
Come along for the ride to Kamloopa, the largest Powwow on the West Coast. This high-energy Indigenous matriarchal story follows two urban Indigenous sisters and a lawless Trickster who face our world head-on as they come to terms with what it means to honour who they are and where they come from. But how to go about discovering yourself when Christopher Columbus allegedly already did that? Bear witness to the courage of these women as they turn to their Ancestors for help in reclaiming their power in this ultimate transformation story.
In developing matriarchal relationships and shared Indigenous values, Kamloopa explores the fearless love and passion of two Indigenous women reconnecting with their homelands, Ancestors, and stories. Kim Senklip Harvey’s play is a boundary-blurring adventure that will remind you to always dance like the Ancestors are watching.
Kamloopa: An Indigenous Matriarch Story is the work of Governor General’s Award winner Kim Senklip Harvey, a proud Indigenous woman from the Syilx, Tsilhqot’in, Ktunaxa, and Dakelh First Nations, listed for the Gina Wilkinson Prize for her work as an emerging director and widely considered to be one of this land’s most original voices among the next generation of Indigenous artists. The book is co-authored with the Fire Company: Cris Derksen, Yolanda Bonnell, Daniela Masellis, Lindsay Lachance, Jessica Schacht, Michelle Chabassol, Samantha Brown, Emily Soussana, Madison Henry, Kaitlyn Yott, and Samantha McCue, and it includes a foreword by Lindsay Lachance, the Artistic Associate of Indigenous Theatre at the National Arts Centre, and a special zine / study guide by Miki Wolf.
The peer assessment committee of 2020 Governor General’s Literary Awards including Catherine Banks, Andrew Moodie, and Kenneth T. Williams have noted the following about Kamloopa: An Indigenous Matriarch Story: “The brilliance, the irreverence, the fire of Kamloop sweeps us into the world of three Indigenous women on a mind-bending quest. The audience is seduced by the love, humour and depth of these matriarchs as they embrace and celebrate who they are in the world and with each other. A play that will encourage you to re-evaluate your relationship with Canada.”
Cast of three Indigenous women.



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