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: 2 dancers  
           Basic option - 2 dancers 
           Locally Specific Remount option
           - 4 dancers +
             up to 100 community members
  • Length: 30 minutes
  • Venues: outdoor on flat, forgiving surface (ie, soil, packed sand, short grass, wood)
  • Audiences: suitable for all ages

Full version premiered 16 June 2018 at the Onkwehón:we (The Original People’s) Festival, Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, ON CANADA

Performers: Maura García (non-enrolled Cherokee/Mattamuskeet), Shade Keys Little (Cherokee/Mattamuskeet)
Original Music Compositions: Mark Gabriel Little
Voice-overs: Adrian Harjo (Kickapoo/Seminole), Ahyoka Youngdeer (Cherokee)
Costumes: Kenny Glass (Cherokee/Wyandotte), Maura Garcia
Props: Fred Vogel-Brugge

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.

Development & Production Supporters
Talking Stick Festival Dance Development Lab
Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival
Alejandro Ronceria
Ilana Silverstein
Sadie Barbee

Photo credit to Graham Carroll
Photo credit to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art 



Photo credit to Erik Zennstrom
Photo credit to Graham Carroll