The Global Savages have travelled to Ottawa to spend the week telling their stories at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival. The experience began with a Sunrise Walk Arrival on Saturday morning, starting at the Sentier des Voyageur with a welcome from a local Elder. The group of about 25 people made their way to the water’s edge to offer tobacco to the Ottawa River, then proceeded past the Museum of Civilization to the Alexander Bridge.
For the sixth year, following the Seed Exchange, we started our heritage seeds on racks in our south facing windows. The daily ritual of watering and spraying begins. Everyone at Debaj pays close attention as the racks go up in from of the windows to give the seeds all the best conditions to sprout. There are a few basic principals we reaffirm when we start our seeds. The first is to use what is around us to give our seeds their best opportunity to thrive. This means utilizing the compost, finding maple soil and bartering for manure. It also means that our students and interns must apply their natural creative process, to solving simple practical problems, with the materials and supplies on hand, or they must negotiate through the relationship base in the community, to get the resource they need.
One of the first outdoor programs and the most eagerly anticipated activity in late March - is harvesting maple sap. We made it through the winter and the feeling of a new year coming on mother earth, gives us strength and dreams of an abundant harvest.
We are surrounded by a symphony of the sound of the sap, drip, drip drop… drip drop dropping! Drop drip. Hundreds of musical notes naturally play throughout the sugar bush – as the sap hits the liquid in the pale below, in hundreds of pales all around us.
The Canada Council for the Arts supports the professional programs and activities of Debajehmujig - Storytellers through an Operating Grant from the Theatre Section. The Canada Council is also supporting the professional and strategic development of multi-disciplinary practice through the Integrated Arts Program
The Ontario Arts Council supports the professional programs and activities of Debajehmujig - Storytellers through an operating grant from the Theatre Section. The Ontario Arts Council also supports the development of the 6’ Festival through the Aboriginal Arts Project Program, as well as the long term self sustainability through the Ontario Arts Investment Fund
The Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Arts Training Fund has provided ongoing support for the professional training of Canadian Artists who are enrolled in the National Aboriginal Arts Animator Program at Debajehmujig - Storytellers
The Ontario Trillium Foundation - Province Wide Program - is supporting the groundwork, development and networking for a new multi-disciplinary community based regional festival series called ‘Cyclone’