Pulling Threads Workshop Tour

Aanmitaagzi and Spiderwoman Theater are excited to present a new series of Pulling Threads Fabric Workshops as part of their ongoing Material Witness project.

Material Witness explores violence, healing and renewal in the lives of Indigenous women through the development of a multi-generational performance. The backdrop and set for the performance is comprised of a “story-quilt”, a layered landscape of fabrics, heaps, piles and bundles that holds its own collected stories and supports the stories of the women on stage.

Through the Pulling Threads workshops, community participants are invited to come in and create a piece of the “story-quilt” based upon their own experiences, exploring not only the stories of violence that have shaped their lives, but also the hope and transformative possibilities that arise from them. The created pieces will then be sewn or woven into the larger quilt and will travel with the production wherever it goes.

Participants of all ages and experience levels are welcome, and counsellors will be on hand to offer support as needed. All materials will be provided, however participants may bring in their own materials to donate to the project as well.

Come and enjoy some food, some talk, and some laughter while pulling threads with us!

Workshop Dates:

April 10, 2017          True Self – Debwewendizwin Employment and Training       
10 am – 4 pm          239 Main Street East
                                North Bay ON  P1B 1B2

April 21, 2017          Minwaashin Lodge – The Aboriginal Women’s Support Centre
10 am – 4 pm          1155 Lola Street
                                Ottawa, ON  K1K 4C1

April 27, 2017          N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre
1 pm – 5 pm            110 Elm Street
                                Sudbury, ON  P3C 1T5

April 28, 2017          Debajehmujig Storytellers
10 am – 4 pm          43 Queen Street
                                Manitowaning, ON   P0P 1N0

April 29, 2017          Nimkii Naabkwagan – Batchewana Family Crisis Shelter       
10am – 4 pm           180 Gran Street
                                Sault Ste. Marie, ON  P6A 5K9

May 1 & 2, 2017      Pic River First Nation Community Centre
6 pm – 9 pm            78 Pic River Rd.
                                Heron Bay, ON P0T 1R0

For more information, please contact Penny Couchie – (705) 474-2227.

Wild Meat Processing Workshop

On Tuesday, March 7th, from 9am. – 5pm. at Big Medicine Studio, Dan and Eva Couchie will be facilitating a workshop on processing wild meat. Dan will be taking everyone through the process of skinning, fleshing, and stretching a beaver pelt onto a board in preparation for tanning and processing the meat for food. This workshop will also include the plucking and preparing of geese and duck for cooking. Eva will lead us through the canning process of bottling both geese and beaver with a pressure cooker caner. See you all there!



A Work in Progress

Wednesday February 15 3:30pm-4:30pm
Big Medicine Studio
161 Couchie Memorial Drive
Nipissing First Nation

Join us for an afternoon of storytelling and refreshments
Directed by Muriel Miguel

with stories from
Darien Benjamins. Sid Bobb, Penny Couchie, Darren Nakogee, Tasheena Sarazin, Imelda Villalon
Aanmitaagzi artists take part in a Storyweaving Workshop facilitated by Muriel Miguel, Penny Couchie and Imelda Villalon.

With generous funding from the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts
For more information please contact: Penny or Sid@ 705-474-2227

Winter Solstice Celebration

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Please join us this Wednesday Dec. 21st from 6-9pm. for food, music and performances from our newest show in development, Serpent People.

All Welcome!

Big Medicine Studio, 161 Couchie Memorial, Nipissing First Nation
For more information please call Penny or Sid 705-474-2227.

Material Witness in NY


May 12 – May 29, 2016
Thursday to Saturday at 7:30pm; Sunday at 2pm
First Floor Theatre | 74a East 4th Street
Adult [$18.00] & Student/Senior [$13.00]; Limited $10 tickets

in association with Spiderwoman Theater and Aanmitaagzi, A Loose Change Production by Spiderwoman Theater. Directed by Muriel Miguel. Written by Cherish Violet Blood, Penny Couchie, Donna Couteau, Angela Loft, Gloria Miguel and Tanis Parenteau with Muriel Miguel. Material Witness is part of La MaMa’s Safe Harbors Indigenous Arts / Theatre Collective.

For ticket information please visit http://lamama.org

Material Witness

mwApril 29th at 7pm at West Ferris Secondary School, 60 Marshall Park Drive. Pay-What-U-Can. All Welcome!

Aanmitaagzi has partnered with Spiderwoman Theater of New York to co-produce the multi-disciplinary theatre work Material Witness. This project brings together three generations of performers to share and explore their stories of violence against Aboriginal women. Their shared approach embraces art and stories created by, for, and about their families and communities in a multigenerational context. Development phases for Material Witness took place at Big Medicine Studio in Nipissing First Nation in 2012, at the historic LaMaMa Theater in New York City in 2013, in Nipissing again 2014, and at the Red House Centre for the Arts in Syracuse, New York in 2015. Community-engaged workshops, led by Sid Bobb, Penny Couchie and their artist team, were held in all locations, and two four foot by eight foot Story Quilts were created for the performance with the communities of Nipissing First Nation in Ontario and Onondaga Nation in New York. This multi-faceted project has led to inter-nation, multi-disciplinary and community focused art making and dialogue that brings us all together as a community to examine and address the dark legacy of violence against women.

Aanmitaagzi is a professional Indigenous multi-arts company from Nipissing First Nation, ON. Linked to provincial, national and international networks, Aanmitaagzi combines art making, education, professional development & social activism. We investigate and create contemporary arts in relationship to historic indigenous arts and worldview. Much of our activities incorporate the indigenous legacy of intergenerational art making which engages professional artists and community. Aanmitaagzi provides educational, land based, and community focused arts activities by producing arts festivals, dance theatre productions, and projects, which activate these historic practices in meaningful ways.

New York City’s Spiderwoman Theater is the longest running Native American women’s theater company in the US and perhaps the world. Founded in 1976, they provide unique theater production, training and education which address critical cultural, social and political issues of concern to the Indigenous, Two Spirit and women’s communities. Their work bridges traditional expression and contemporary performance practice. The year 2016 marks the 40th Anniversary of Spiderwoman Theater and it is fitting that they should be celebrating with the premiere of Material Witness, a project inspired by their first production, Women in Violence.