Fonds XZ1 MS A870-XZ1 MS A889 - Native Earth fonds

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Native Earth fonds

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CA ON00344 XZ1 MS A870-XZ1 MS A889

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  • 1989 (Creation)

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50 boxes of textual records and other material

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Native Earth Performing Arts was founded in 1982 by Denis Lacroix and Bunny Sicard to develop and present Aboriginal theatre, dance, and music. Breaking new ground, early productions were collective works, written by the actors in the company. The annual play festival, “Weesageechak Begins to Dance, was established in 1989 to develop new works by Native Canadians which then go on into full production. Government funding was secured in 1986 allowing NEPA to hire new playwright Tomson Highway as artistic director. This established it as a leading producer of Native Canadian theatre arts.

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The fonds includes programs, reviews, photographs, audio and video tapes, performance and administrative files, scripts, posters, and slides, 1982 to the present. Fonds is comprised of the following series: Native Earth. Reviews and Articles. General. XZ1 MS A870000 Native Earth. Reviews and Articles. Production XZ1 MS A870001 Native Earth. House Programs. XZ1 MS A871 Native Earth. Publicity. Promotional Materials. XZ1 MS A872000 Native Earth. Publicity. Press Releases. XZ1 MS A872001 Native Earth. Publicity. Newsletters. XZ1 MS A872002 Native Earth. Posters. XZ1 MS A873 Native Earth. Technical Drawings. XZ3 MS A874 Native Earth. Performance Files. XZ1 MS A875 Native Earth. Production Photos. XZ1 MS A876 Native Earth. Company Portraits. XZ1 MS A877 Native Earth. Set Models. XZ3 MS A878 Native Earth. Performance Videotapes. XZ1 MS A879 Native Earth. Administration. XZ1 MS A880 Native Earth. Administration. Financial. XZ1 MS A881 Native Earth. Unproduced Reading Scripts. XZ4 MS A882 Native Earth. Designs. XZ3 MS A883 Native Earth. Audio-visuals. XZ1 MS A884 Highway Performance Files. XZ1 MS A888 Highway Scripts. XZ1 MS A889

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Fonds acquired directly from Native Earth, 1989


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Access is open however some unprocessed materials are located in Annex (off-site), and may not be available for research: contact library for availability

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Copyright, normally is held by the creator. Materials cannot be published without the permission of the copyright holder.

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On-line Finding aids are available (see Note Field)

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The library’s online catalogue contains more than 240 specific entries under the author "Native Earth Performing Arts Archives ”. Users may limit searches by applying keywords: more information on searching is located at:

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1 business day notice is needed for any material located in Annex (off site location)

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