November 1 - 30, 2021
How can you help keep alive an endangered language? By singing it loud and proud with a Turtle and Wabbit! Grandmother Turtle is upside down. Turtle and Wabbit must find a way to help her get back on her feet.
In 2019, the Cherokee Nation declared a state of emergency for their language. Through catchy songs and fun storytelling, Z Puppets Rosenschnoz lead an adventure into language reclamation. Sing along and you, too, will learn how to count to three, make the basic sounds, say hello and thank you in Cherokee! Directed by Anishinabe artist Julie Boada, and featuring award-winning Minneapolis performers, Chris Griffith (enrolled tribal member of the Cherokee Nation) and Shari Aronson, Say it! Sing it! Play it! taps into the power of playfulness to activate the Cherokee language. Part of Ordway Education’s celebration of Native American Heritage Month.
This is most fun language revitalization event I have ever attended!
Melissa Olson produced an audio documentary about Say It! Sing It! Play It! in Cherokee in 2019 after the show premiered at the American Indian Center in Minneapolis.