Map of the Land, Map of the Stars
“This production presents an experience that is layered…Gwaandak’s commitment to a First Nations focus is reflected not only in what it creates but how it is created as well…” – Lily Quan, Open Book
“…a groundbreaking and evocative multi-disciplinary work of theatre…” Duncan Sinclair, Jazz Yukon President/Artistic Director
Spirits used to know the map of the stars. But they’ve lost their way. Can they find the trail home?
Yukon peoples travelled their rivers and trails, guided by the stars. The gold rush and the highway broke connections between land and sky.
Map of the Land, Map of the Stars, directed by Yvette Nolan and Michelle Olson, weaves together untold story-beads from our northern land. Generations of women walk their ancestors’ trails. People gather at fish camp. A wartime highway is built on the backs of African-American soldiers, transforming the land and people forever. Newcomers fall in love with the land and the people living on it.
In this powerful ensemble piece, blending theatre, dance and music, we search for the trail forward together.
Map of the Land, Map of the Stars premiered at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre Centre in Whitehorse, Yukon in 2017 and will be showcased at IMPACT 17 in Kitchener, Ontario and Talking Stick Festival in February 2018.
We are looking forward to touring this play in Canada and internationally. The company is seeking presenters for this powerful play which resonates with audiences of all backgrounds.
Co-created by Chris Clarke, Geneviève Doyon, Patti Flather, Andrameda Hunter, Leonard Linklater, Yvette Nolan, Michelle Olson, Aimée Dawn Robinson
Directed by Yvette Nolan and Michelle Olson
With Santana Berryman, Wren Brian, Andra Hunter, Jordan Reti, Austin Roe, Léa Roy-Bernatchez and Brandon Wicke
Set, props & costume designer | Linda Leon
Sound designer & composer | Scott Maynard
Projection designer | Marten Berkman
Lighting designer & Technical director | Alex Robinson
Set, props & costume assistant| Heather Bell Callaghan
Tlingit Translation | Bessie Cooley
Archival material research | Chris Clarke & Marten Berkman
Archival Alaska Highway & Fish Camp compilations | Chris Clarke
Highway video | Chris Clarke
Louise Hardy dress video | Heidi Loos and Nina Reed
Northern lights video | courtesy Michael Code
Underwater salmon video | courtesy Allan Code
Select stock video | Footage Firm, Inc.
Archival video annotated below
All other contemporary video and photography | Marten Berkman
NASA, Apollo Space Program
Internet Archive, “Now is the Time” (1967)
Yukon Archives, Pat Swainson fonds, 2006/4, film #1,#2
Yukon Archives, Russell Gettleman fonds, Alaska Highway, 82/24, V-43-1, 2, 3
Yukon Archives, Robert Ward fonds, 82/528 films #1, 2, 3
Alaska State Library, Fred B. Dodge Photo Collection, P42/100
Fish Camp compilations photos | courtesy May and Brian Gudmundson
Yukon Archives, Rolf and Margaret Hougen fonds, 2009/81, #98.
Yukon Archives, Rolf and Margaret Hougen fonds, 2009/81, #99.
Yukon Archives, Rolf and Margaret Hougen fonds, 2009/81, #128.
Yukon Archives, Rolf and Margaret Hougen fonds, 2009/81, #129.
Yukon Archives, Harry Gabriel fonds, 2005/10, #56.
Yukon Archives, National Archives of Canada collection, 88/138, #42.
Yukon Archives, Bob Ormbrek fonds, 90/52, #41.
Yukon Archives, Whitehorse Star fonds, 2005/29 #9 (used with permission of Whitehorse Star)
Yukon Archives, Anton Vogee fonds, 82/271, #14
Yukon Archives, Anton Vogee fonds, 82/271, #81
Yukon Archives, Anton Vogee fonds, 82/271, #82
Yukon Archives, Anton Vogee fonds, 82/271, #151
Yukon Archives, Anton Vogee fonds, 82/271, #153