Indigenous performing arts through the First Peoples Performance Space, highlighting Indigenous ways of knowing, and bringing oral traditions and cultural practices, including languages, into performance.
The performance arts can assist in restoring Indigenous knowledges, cultures and languages. That’s why Trent University’s Edna Manitowabi and Marrie Mumford have teamed up with Indigenous Performance Initiatives to launch Nozhem: First Peoples Performance Space at Trent University. It is a “living laboratory” to investigate performance cultures from Indigenous nations around the world, those who celebrate the resurgence of Indigenous performance.
The venue gives Indigenous artists a place to create and tell their stories through dance, music, theatre and video. The result is a merging of cultural history with current concerns in order to imagine for the future.