Local Indigenous man a finalist for Saskatchewan Art Award

By battlefordNOW Staff
September 20, 2017 - 1:18pm

Floyd Favel of Poundmaker Cree Nation is an accomplished theatre director, playwright, essayist and Cree traditionalist. Now he will look to add Artistic Excellence Award recipient to his vast resume.

Favel was named a finalist in the category for next month’s Saskatchewan Arts Award ceremony in Saskatoon.

Favel studied theatre in Denmark and Italy, also teaching the subject all across Canada. He developed the only contemporary Indigenous theatre method in the world called “Native Performance Culture.” It consists of theatre exercises devised from Indigenous ritual and social structures.

Favel has taught at the University of Toronto, Concordia University and the University of Ottawa using his original methods. He has conducted seminars and taught at multiple universities across Western Canada and universities in Australia and Russia.

He is currently shooting an independent feature film called, Sweet Cherry Wine.

Favel said he firmly believes Indigenous Peoples must own their own work and has created the Miyawata Culture company that not only publishes original work, but helps communities and individuals manage their intellectual and spiritual legacies.

 

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