They Are Still Talking

One of the values shared by many Native peoples is that we are to act in consideration of those to come. Long before we were born, our ancestors’ prayers willed us into existence. They Are Still Talking is a 4 part homage to our connection to our ancestors through air, gesture, inter-generational trauma and laughter. We are physically formed from all that our ancestors were. As we speak, the air that travels through our bodies carries their essence. They are still talking.

  • Performers: 4 dancers, 1 musician and 1- 6 shadow puppets controlled by 1-4 puppeteers
  • Length: 60 minutes
  • Venue: 100 - 500 seat theater
  • Audiences: recommended for ages 10+ 

This work is currently being developed and is available for commissioning support.

Dancers:  Maura Garcia (non-enrolled Cherokee/Mattamuskeet), 3 dancers
Master Puppeteer:  Lindy Kinoshameg (Odawa)
Live Musician:  Amado  Espinoza (Quechua)
Recorded Music Compositions: Mark Gabriel Little, Adrian Dion Harjo (Kickapoo/Seminole), Amado Espinoza
Costumes: Mona Cliff (A'aninin), Maura Garcia
Sculptures: Rachelle Garder-Roe 

"Her work is layered, muscular, and surprising.  In particular, her open, raw, emotional presence inside the movement is breathtaking...I found myself weeping during the journey towards the self in “What If We Were Warriors.” (a selection from They Are Still Talking)  She offers a vivid and lively connection to Indigenous cultures within a contemporary lens."

             - Marissa Wolf, Director of New Works, Kansas City Repertory Theatre 

They Are Still Talking was originally commissioned by Open Spaces and premiered in September 2018 under the working title Uncle Jimmy's Table. This first iteration was developed to exhibit a rich connection to the local artistic community. In November of the same year, Maura brought the work to Weesageechak Begins to Dance 31 and collaborated with shadow puppeteer Lindy Kinoshameg to further develop the piece.

Development & Production Supporters 
Lawrence Arts Center

Open Spaces:  A Kansas City Arts Experience
Weesageechak Begins to Dance 31
Keith Barker (Métis)

Performance History 
15 - 16 SEPTEMBER 2018 
Open Spaces, Kansas City, MO  USA

15 NOVEMBER 2018
Weesageechak Begins to Dance 31, Toronto, ON  CANADA