"When you take something from the earth, you must give something back."
Six Storytellers from the Kwantlen First Nations Village of Squa’lets, spin the tale of Th’owxiya: the Hungry Feast Dish. The mouth of Th'owxiya holds the most wonderful foods from around the world. But if you steal from her, you will pay a terrible price, for she has developed a taste for children! When Th'owxiya catches a hungry mouse stealing a piece of cheese from her mouth she is furious. To appease Th'owxiya, Kw'at'el (the mouse) must find two young spirits as an offering before the second moon rises or she will eat Kw'at'el's whole family! With the help of two Spa:th (bears), Sqeweqs (raven) and Sasq'ets (sasquatch), Kw'at'el sets forth on a journey for knowledge and forgiveness. Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish has shades of the Hansel and Gretel fairytale and the First Nations story The Wild Woman of the Woods, told through mask and music.
The playwright, Joseph A. Dandurand, is a heritage land officer and lives a daily responsibility to preserve his peoples land, traditions and stories. He wrote the play to share this compelling tale from the Kwantlen people, a tale about living in harmony with the earth. The story delves into the past from a traditional indigenous perspective, embraces the present by exploring issues around the environment and climate change.
Th'owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish appeared as part of Canada 150's The Drum is Calling Festival in 2017.
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