How We Go Missing
The Anishinaabe Theater Exchange

April 21, 2023 | 7 p.m.


The Anishinaabe Theater Exchange examines stories of Indigenous relatives through performances of survivance against colonial violence, lateral violence, and invisibility.


The phenomenon of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives has reached pandemic levels in the United States, Mexico, and Canada; the statistics on missing and murdered relatives are too numerous to count. The systemic wiping out of Indigenous lives in North America is barely a blip on the radar screen of the average citizen, unless they are connected to Indigenous communities and the struggles faced in these contemporary societies. Colonial violence, state sanctioned terrorism, and even lateral violence plague our communities today. The past is not so far away and the ways in which we disappear have altered with time. John Trudell once said, “… We have been the colors on a chameleon’s back. Changing with time. Altering the larger pattern. Surviving genocide because we have to.” The earth has a rhythm. The past has a way of returning if not properly healed. In this project, The Anishinaabe Theater Exchange examines stories of Indigenous relatives through performances of survivance against colonial violence, lateral violence, and invisibility. The final piece will be written by Dr. Carolyn Dunn and Tomantha Sylvester.