Dangerous Dames coming to OMAH!

On Sunday July 28th, 7-9pm, OMAH is hosting a story telling event that features stories told by empowered women who are working to advocate for themselves and the environment. These women have issued a “call to action”. They are real-life superheroes, speaking-out to break barriers, beat the odds and blaze new trails to make a positive impact in other peoples lives.

Planned in conjunction with the exhibition When Raven Became Spider which re-imagines Indigenous stories using popular comic book imagery, blurring the line between oral and graphic storytelling, this Storytelling event aims to reframe the notion of power and indigenous women.

When Raven Became Spider is a travelling exhibition developed by Regina Public Library and Dunlop Art Gallery andfeatures work by six contemporary Indigenous artists. Curator Leena Minifie says that “Their work prompts many questions: How does the transformation of Indigenous images and stories into superhero tales change modern dialogue?” The connection between oral storytelling and visual arts inspired me to begin development for this storytelling event. This show, which celebrates visual storytelling, is the perfect jumping off point for an evening of oral stories and music.

When I began to approach speakers for this event I took inspiration from the artwork in the exhibition. In particular, Shaun Beyale’s work which depicts characters that are powerful women using a mix of traditional and imagined weapons. The strong women featured in the artwork in the show prompted me to explore the powerful women in the Orillia’s community. I believe that OMAH is a platform to give voice to hardworking real-life superheroes, and to celebrate the work they do for the betterment of all of us. 

Confirmed Storytellers:

Sherry Lawson: Opening remarks by Sherry Lawson. Sherry is a member of Mnjikaning First Nation, mother, grandmother, volunteer, storyteller, author and former cultural services director for Chippewas of Rama First Nation.

Becky Big Canoe: Becky Big Canoe is a Water Walker and water advocate, a mother of two and grandmother of two, a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation, and a woman who has journeyed on foot around Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching carrying a copper kettle full of water to raise money in support of healthy lakes.

Kim Desmoulin: Kim Desmoulin coordinates the Ambe Tigadaw Garden Collective project at the Orillia Native Women's Group. Through her work she advocates for a sustainable collaborative approach to food security. Between the partner agencies, Ambe Tigedaw reaches well over 100 First Nation, Metis, and Inuit families in Simcoe County and hundreds more individuals. 

Tickets:

$10 for members

$ 15 for non-members

Buy your tickets here: https://www.orilliamuseum.org/node/1093

Part of the proceeds to support the Orillia Native Women’s Group

Come out to OMAH on Sunday night to listen to engaging and empowering stories from Sherry Lawson, Becky Big Canoe, and Kim Desmoulin. 

-Olivia Rozema, Community Engagement Coordinator