The Napi Project
Year long Mentorship Program
The culmination of a co-operative Artist in Residence program with Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society, this project will explore the tradition of Trickster, and stories that examine our morals and the choices we face. The project will be an exploration of what this cultural character evokes and inspires in an artist.
“For the first time In Making Treaty 7’s history, we will be looking for First Nations, Inuit, and Metis artists living in Treaty 7 Territory to create a performative presentation work with the inspiration of the Trickster Napi. The Blackfoot trickster Napi has been told in variations of different stories to youth in efforts to teach about morals and the choices we will face when becoming young adults. We are looking to see what this cultural character evokes in an artist that inspires creativity in a paid year long “artists in residence”. We hope that artists push boundaries in how we look at these youth stories through the lens of an adult in curiosity. Our well celebrated partner Lunchbox Theatre will partner with this project in holding space in its season for Indigenous work. The year end goal of this residency is to premier the work that has been created with a full production.”
This artists in residency is to support our creators in any form they wish to create. this project is encouraging artsits to look at the Napi or trickster stories that have been told for many years and bring the context into our current society and whats happing around us. Our year round residency will lead up to a full production in February 2020.