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On Theatre: Is the white bison a harbinger of peace or conflict?


In many Indigenous traditions, the birth of a white bison is seen as a harbinger of peace, hope, and good things to come for the community.

So what would it mean if twin white bison calves were born to a herd? And what if the herd were owned by an Indigenous community that’s in a complex business relationship with global market forces? And how might this potentially fractious situation be further distorted through the lens of today’s social media culture?

Alberta-based playwright Kenneth T. Williams‘ new play The Herd puts traditional Indigenous culture and spirituality on a collision course with global economic, political, scientific, and media issues.

It’s currently making its world premiere run at Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre, where it runs right through April 24. U of A Drama professor and celebrated Cree playwright Kenneth T. Williams recently joined Grant Stovel for a chat!

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