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Indigenous Rising


Indigenous Rising
An Evening of NextGen Native Artists

Spoken word, incisive theater and “Alter-Native” rock by a rising generation of indigenous artists.

Join the aritists for a pre- and post-show discussion.
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Warner Bentley Theater




Northwest-based arts activist Andre Bouchard (of Kootenai and Ojibwe descent) guest-curated this program of a rising generation of indigenous artists.

Playwright Ronee Penoi’s (Laguna Pueblo/Cherokee) work-in-progress, The Carlisle Project, uses song and satire to tell the harrowing history of Carlisle Indian School and the brutal assimilation enforced under its motto “Kill the Indian, Save the Man.”

Solo performance poetry is delivered by Storme Webber (Alutiiq/Black/Choctaw), a Two Spirit, a poet, playwright, educator and interdisciplinary artist who creates blues-influenced, socially engaged texts and images exploring identity, art activism, and the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, memory and spirit.

Scotti Clifford and Spirits Cry, a rock-blues trio from South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation, fuse rock, blues and alternative rock in honor of Grandmother Earth and their Oglala Lakota ancestry.


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Funded in part by the Wetzel Family Fund for the Arts and the Class of 1961 Legacy: The American Tradition in Performance Fund.

Enrichment Events

All events are free and open to the public.

Wed • Jan 30 • 6-6:45 pm
Top of the Hop • Free

Discussion with Andre Bouchard, curator of Indigenous Rising, and Bruce Duthu, Samson Occom Professor of Native American Studies, moderated by Jami Powell, Associate Curator of Native American Arts, Hood Museum of Art.

Wed • Jan 30 • 8:30 pm
Warner Bentley Theater • Free

Post-show discussion onstage with the artists.


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1: Scotti Clifford & Spirits Cry, photo courtesy of the artists; 2: Ronee Penoi, photo by Amber Wilkie; 3: Storme Webber, photo courtesy of the artist