by Nanette Cormier
The overall effect layered visual content, non-intrusive music and words that make your heart sing.
The set is surrounded by surfaces which are lit up by both still and moving photography. These are first used as a family album to introduce us to Angeline’s family, then as a bridge between the present and the past, to introduce characters and to show the works of Edward Curtis. Lighting design (John Webber) and sound design and music (Bruce Ruddell) are a holistic part of the production—not to mention the fog and haze and strobe lights. The overall effect layered visual content, non-intrusive music and words that make your heart sing. Marie Clements writes with humour and compassion, and doesn’t shy away from the subject of racism.
In 1906, Jaye P. Morgan gave Curtis $75,000 to produce a series on the North American Indian. This work was to be in 20 volumes with 1,500 photographs. Morgan's funds were to be disbursed over five years and were earmarked to support only fieldwork for the books not for writing, editing, or production of the volumes. Curtis himself would receive no salary for the project, which was to last more than 20 years.
Running time: 2 hours without intermission