Aniwisvsgo'i


Aniwisvsgo’i means they are always planting in Cherokee. As planters, we are dependent upon the elements and the "temperament" of the environment in which we find ourselves. Space, location and time all effect the growing cycle.   

Aniwisvsgo'i honors Indigenous planting traditions, the elements and our places in the world. The dance is split into three parts: preparing the ground, planting and harvest. The thread that connects us to our ancestral homelands, where we live now and ultimately one another, weaves itself in and out this exploration of our relationship with the powers that make growth possible.

  • Performers:  4 core dancers (locally specific remount option includes up to 28 additional community members)
  • Length: 30 minutes, can be performed 1 - 3 times per day
  • Venues:  outdoor on flat, forgiving surface (ie, soil, packed sand, short grass, wood)
  • Audiences: suitable for all  ages 

Artistic Director - Maura García (non-enrolled Cherokee/Mattamuskeet)
Costume - Kenny Glass (Cherokee/Wyandotte)
Development & Production Support - Talking Stick Festival, Weesageechak Begins to Dance 28
Dramaturgy - Karen Lisondra, Sadie Barbee, Alejandro Ronceria, Ilana Silverstein
Music - Mark Gabriel Little
Props - Fred Vogel-Brugge
Voice-overs - Adrian Dion Harjo (Kickapoo/Seminole), Ahyoka Youngdeer (Cherokee)

Background
Aniwisvgo’i came from a desire to explore family & tribal stories of how to work with the land, to collaborate with communities and to respond to choreographer Rulan Tangen’s eco-production focusing on "SEED as a metaphor for individual potential."  Maura developed the choreography by imitating the rhythm of field work and the design of traditional Indigenous fields and through a series of community workshops exploring place.
Photo credit to Graham Carroll
Photo credit to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art 
Photo credit to Erik Zennstrom
Photo credit to Graham Carroll