Indigenous storyteller Dallas Yellowfly is from the Siksika Nation (Blackfoot First Nation). Having been born and raised on Coast Salish, Sto:lo, territory he has been taught both coastal culture and plains culture from Elders. Sharing culture in the classrooms, Dallas has been working in Aboriginal Education for over 17 years. Using his experience in stand-up comedy and storytelling Dallas is presenting across the province focused on increasing awareness of Indigenous perspectives in education
The most accessible presentation that our students will ever hear in terms of the personal cost of residential schools across the generations of one family... The students and adults, including me, were all transfixed both by your storytelling ability and also your powerful use of multi-media. Sylvia Russell, Superintendent, Maple Ridge SD42
Qwalena was the single most powerful assembly that I have experienced in my ten year teaching career. This is a must see production for every school, student, and teacher in our province Dustin Hyde, Aboriginal Education Teacher, Penticton, SD67
Raven was one of my favourite presentations because you were funny and you make me smile...try to keep your amazing personality with you. Student, Surrey, SD36
NEW artist for 2017-18
Grade Suitability: Grades 4-12
Duration: 2 - 2.5 hrs
Tech Requirements: Projector screen, whiteboard, calculators, class set of dice
"Dallas Yellowfly brings"Survive on Turtle Island: Experiencing Indigenous Self Government" a role playing game to the classroom. The purpose is to gain insight into Indigenous self government, colonialization of Turtle Island (North America), the Indian Act and the current "decolonialization" process. Students get to be creative and actively involved striving for self determination as a unique nation carrying out duties assigned and roles as both European and Indigenous governments exploring different perspectives on Canadian history"
Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 60 mins.
Capacity: Theatre or gym capacity
Tech Requirements: access to outlets
Fee Range: $635 - $1,035 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
The purpose of this presentation is to teach all students about the values, traditions and culture of Indigenous peoples of the Northwest coast. Youth of all ages and cultures are encouraged to understand more by using a bit of positive humour, high energy performance and a high level of audience participation keeping it engaging and educational. The presentation focuses on holistic values and storytelling which are both significant elements of First Nations culture.
Grade Suitability: Grade 8 - 12
Duration: 70 mins.
Capacity: Theatre or gym capacity
Tech Requirements: access to outlets and a room capable of black-out darkness with zero outside light (2hr set up)
Fee Range: $1,035 - $1,485 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
Indigenous storyteller Dallas Yellowfly brings Qwalena: The Wild Woman Who Steals Children to life in this unique theatrical multimedia storytelling presentation. The purpose of this presentation is to create awareness on the inter-generational impact of Indian residential schools. Qwalena is the allegorical creature that represents the Indian agents who stole Aboriginal children from their families and forced them into government funded Indian residential schools. Yellowfly's own father was one of these children.