They Are Still Talking

Photo credit to Shade Little
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. Ꮟ ᎠᏂᏬᏂ 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.

In collaboration with Cherokee Life-ways Consultant and LGBTQ community organizer Ahyoka Youngdeer, Maura García is currently developing Ꮟ ᎠᏂᏬᏂ They Are Still Talking to explore ancestral messages through the lens of Cherokee language and traditional teachings about two-spirit people and women. The fully fleshed out work may include live Cherokee language narration, dancers and live musicians. Additionally García is seeking resources that will allow her to develop an outdoor iteration designed for the mouths of caves.
  • Performers: solo, currently being developed into 4-person ensemble
  • Length: 30 minutes, currently being developed into full-length show
  • Venues:  small theaters, black box theaters, the mouth of a cave
  • Audiences: suitable for all  ages 

Artistic Director - Maura García (non-enrolled Cherokee/Mattamuskeet)
Costume Concept - Karen Lisondra
Costume Design & Construction - Mona Cliff (A'ananin)
Development & Production Support - Lawrence Arts Center, Open Spaces: A Kansas City Arts Experience, Weesageechak Begins to Dance 31
Dramaturgy - Karen Lisondra, Keith Barker (Métis), Mark Kunji Ikeda,
Sadie Barbee
Music - Mark Little, Adrian Dion Harjo (Kickapoo/Seminole), Amado Espinoza (Quechua)
Performers - Maura García + TBA

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 

"beautiful and moving performance where I was captivated by earthiness, by the ridding of despair on the skin of her arms, by the strength and grace of a queen/warrior, by the acceptance of all beings past and present in one"

Heidi Henderson, Chair of Dance, Connecticut College