In this coming of age story, follow our hero, Ajijjack as she learns lessons along the way from her mentors and friends: the buffalo, deer, frog, dragonfly, coyote, and a turtle activist family. Ajijaack uses her own voice to assist in saving all of creation and the water by facing off with Zuzecha! On her heroic journey, pieces of the Ojibwe, Lakota, and Cherokee Nations are highlighted along with cultural rituals and practices of Indigenous Peoples’ on Turtle Island (North America). In the end, as long as Ajijjaack can take flight, we learn how to unify to help take care of the environment.
Ajijaack on Turtle Island is a spectacle of environmental theatre co-created by Ty Defoe and Heather Henson and told through immersive rituals and contemporary ceremony that reflects our connectedness with all of creation. Journey along side whooping cranes, as they use waterways for maps during their migration cycle. As an art-filled interactive experience, indoor kite flying, puppetry, video projections, and life size maps will help tell this story. This experimental narrative will show the potential dangers to a crane’s life, and will celebrate the richness of indigenous cultures around the globe that invoke a spiritual essence in honor of these majestic birds.
Photos by Carol Rosegg
Lehman Center for the Performance Arts, 2017