Now it’s time to hear from your youth correspondent. Jennifer Cortes has an update on the mural she’s working on with her youth acting troupe, Ikidowin.
This story begins at 3:10 in the Health Report audio player above
Jennifer Cortes: I’m really glad to say that we officially started the mural. we have a sketch of what it’s going to look like and it looks so good and I can’t wait till it’s finished!
So far we have a centerpiece sketched in Sharpie and it’s going to all be done with my ensemble group Ikidowin. Ikidowin is a youth theatre group and we do plays around our communities or places that need the most healing.
We have a variety of places ranging from our water play, the Tobacco play, Touch and the Eagle play. our water play is about how water is sacred and the importance of the water; it also contains real stories such as Dakota Access Pipeline and what happened when people were protesting.
The Tobacco play is about how a tobacco sacred and how it got colonized to today. Touch is about being able to talk about touches that aren’t okay and touches that make you uncomfortable; it’s mostly targeted for a younger group of kids so they know it’s okay to speak up but we also talked about our history such as the boarding schools as well to help us heal. The Eagle plays about two brothers who believe they were chickens and found out who they really are.
I’m really glad that we get to go back to the group because I really enjoyed it. We also have to do things such as social distancing and wear masks. Anyways that’s my update stay safe and wear your mask… please!